Employment UK

  • June 17, 2024

    Housing Trust Workers Win £95K Over Racial Bias Claims

    A tribunal has ordered one of the U.K.'s largest housing associations to pay two mixed-race employees a total of almost £95,000 ($120,000) after ruling that it had failed to ensure that its recruitment process avoided racial bias.

  • June 14, 2024

    Tesco Car Crash Scammer Found In Contempt

    A scammer who made a false compensation claim against Tesco over a staged traffic accident was on Friday found in contempt of court for having another man impersonate him in a hearing and trying to blame his lawyers for the fraudulent claim.

  • June 14, 2024

    Malicious Falsehood Ruling Casts Doubt On Law's Efficacy

    A decision by the U.K.'s highest court refusing to award damages without proof of financial loss in a malicious falsehood claim has called into question the effectiveness of a law designed to make claims easier to bring.

  • June 14, 2024

    Ex-Chelsea FC Employee Loses Bid To Toss Harassment Loss

    A former Chelsea Football Club Ltd. groundsman lost his battle in a London court Friday to overturn a ruling that he had forfeited his chance to defend against his ex-employer's harassment claim after a judge said he had "no real answer" for not responding to the club.

  • June 14, 2024

    Judge Wins OK To Challenge Secretive Appointment Process

    A district court judge has won permission to bring her case that a secretive part of the process for appointing judges is unlawful, after the Court of Appeal ruled that a judicial review is in the public interest.

  • June 14, 2024

    Sony Accountant Loses £750K Equal Pay Claim

    A former PlayStation accountant has lost her claim for sex and race discrimination and unfair dismissal, with a tribunal finding that her complaints against Sony were "routine workplace issues" that did not constitute discrimination.

  • June 14, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen toy company Jellycat hit supermarket Aldi with an intellectual property claim, AIG start proceedings against firefighting foam company Angus International Safety Group, and the Solicitors Regulation Authority file a legal claim against the Post Office amid the ongoing Horizon IT scandal. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 14, 2024

    New Entrant Expected In Pension Transfer Market, LCP Says

    Lane Clark & Peacock LLP said that another new insurer will enter the pension transfer market by the end of the year, bringing the total number of companies securing the liabilities of retirement savings plans to a record high.

  • June 14, 2024

    Pension Watchdog Head To Chair Diversity Initiative

    Britain's retirement savings watchdog has said that its head of regulatory transactions and frontline services Jenny Davie will now chair an initiative designed to promote greater diversity in the pensions sector.

  • June 14, 2024

    Fired Teacher Wins £61K For Menopause Bias

    A Scottish council must pay £61,074 ($77,300) for firing a teacher who refused to transfer to a school for kids with behavioral difficulties because it worsened her menopausal symptoms and anxiety, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • June 14, 2024

    MPs' Pension Fund Has Only 1.3% Allocation To UK Assets

    A pension scheme for British members of Parliament has just £10 million ($12.7 million) of its portfolio invested in U.K. equities, experts revealed Friday, despite efforts by the government to push schemes into fueling the national economic recovery.

  • June 14, 2024

    Fundraiser Wins Appeal Over Charity's Redundancy Process

    A fundraiser has won his challenge over the fairness of his redundancy from a religious charity, convincing an appeals tribunal that a judge had earlier failed to consider the integrity of the selection process.

  • June 13, 2024

    5 Labour Manifesto Pledges Employers Should Know About

    The Labour Party will implement “in full” a 26-point plan to “make work pay” if it wins the general election on July 4, according to its manifesto published Thursday. Here are some of its key employment law proposals.

  • June 13, 2024

    Black Support Worker Revives 'Monkey' Discrimination Case

    A Black African care support worker has rekindled his discrimination complaint over a manager allegedly calling him a "monkey," convincing the Employment Appeal Tribunal that an earlier judge skipped over the specific use of the term that his claim related to.

  • June 13, 2024

    Prison Officer Loses Sex Bias Claim Over Deadline Lapse

    An officer at a prison for young men would have won his sex discrimination claim after getting suspended over sexual harassment allegations had he filed it on time, an Employment Tribunal has ruled.

  • June 20, 2024

    Constantine Law Adds Ex-Eversheds Employment Pro

    Constantine Law has expanded its employment offering with the arrival of a former Eversheds practice chief, bringing its total partner headcount to 14.

  • June 13, 2024

    How 3 Firms Cleared 2 Ex-Autonomy Execs In HP Fraud Case

    A California federal jury's rejection last week of fraud charges against the founder and former finance vice president of British software company Autonomy validated an approach by the defendants' three law firms — Steptoe, Clifford Chance and Bird Marella — to form a "seamless" collaboration throughout the trial, from jury selection to closing arguments.

  • June 13, 2024

    NHS Argues 'English Nationalism' Isn't Protected Belief

    A National Health Service trust urged an appellate tribunal on Thursday to reject a former employee's argument that his "English nationalism" should be considered a protected belief under employment law and that he therefore should not have been dismissed from his job.

  • June 13, 2024

    Labour Manifesto Targets Wealthy To Fill Funding Gaps

    Labour set out plans in its election manifesto on Thursday to raise a total of more than £8.5 billion ($10.8 billion) in tax reforms that target wealthy taxpayers, although some analysts questioned whether the measures will add up.

  • June 13, 2024

    Cleaner's Transfer Claim Was Ignored, Appeals Court Rules

    An appellate judge has given a cleaner a second shot at her unfair dismissal claim because a tribunal failed to consider whether her dismissal was connected to her move from one staffing business to another.

  • June 13, 2024

    Broad Consensus Emerges On Pensions Before UK Election

    The U.K.'s pension sector is set for a period of relative stability as the three main political parties this week unveiled manifestos that revealed more consensus than disagreement.

  • June 13, 2024

    Labour Prioritizes Wealth Creation In Election Manifesto

    Keir Starmer said on Thursday that his Labour Party would kick-start a future of "national renewal" if it wins the general election, with economic growth and wealth creation driving a manifesto that lacked any surprise headline pledges.

  • June 12, 2024

    SRA Files Legal Claim Against Post Office

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has filed a legal claim against the Post Office as part of its ongoing investigation into the Horizon IT wrongful prosecution scandal.

  • June 12, 2024

    Fix Pension Transfer Rules As 'Matter Of Urgency,' Gov't Told

    The Department for Work and Pensions must take immediate and urgent action to address a string of "unnecessary points of friction" around pension transfer flagging rules, wealth management company Quilter PLC said Wednesday.

  • June 12, 2024

    Gymbox Owner Takes Hit In Wage Spar With Ex-Trainer

    London's Gymbox chain must face claims that it owes a personal trainer unpaid wages after an employment tribunal found that the instructor wasn't self-employed during specific tasks, despite contracts indicating that he was.

Expert Analysis

  • Employers Can Expect More Emphasis On Work Culture Regs

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    The U.K. government has recently backed a package of employment legislation, including an act that granted the right to request a predictable working pattern, reflecting an increased understanding of how workplace culture feeds into hiring decisions and the ability to retain employees, says Christopher Hitchins at Katten.

  • Employer Due Diligence Lessons From Share Scheme Case

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    The Scottish Court of Session recently confirmed in Ponticelli v. Gallagher that the right to participate in a share incentive plan transfers to the transferee, highlighting the importance for transferee employers to conduct comprehensive due diligence when acquiring workforce, including on arrangements outside the employment contract's scope, say lawyers at McDermott.

  • How Insurance Policies Can Cover Generative AI Risks

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    As concerns rise about the new risks that businesses face as a result of generative artificial intelligence tools, such as AI-facilitated hacking and intellectual property infringement, policyholders should look to existing insurance policies to cover losses or damages, says Josianne El Antoury at Covington.

  • 'Right To Disconnect' On The Rise Amid Remote Work Shift

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    Amid the recent shift to remote work, countries are increasingly establishing regulatory frameworks supporting employees' rights to disconnect, which brings advantages for both companies and their workers, say Stefano de Luca Tamajo and Camilla De Simone at Toffoletto De Luca.

  • Balancing DEI Data Collection And Employee Privacy Rights

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    Despite an increased focus on developing inclusive workplace culture, recent research shows that discrimination remains pervasive in the U.K., highlighting the importance for employers to think carefully about what diversity data is needed to address existing inequalities, say attorneys at MoFo.

  • How A Proposed Bill Could Change Workplace Bullying Law

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    If the U.K. government adopts the recently proposed Bullying and Respect at Work Bill, victims of bullying in any workplace would have the right to claim separately and specifically for bullying, as opposed to relying on the other claims currently available, so a key challenge will be how bullying is defined within the legislation, says Ranjit Dhindsa at Fieldfisher.

  • Employers Should Prepare For UK Immigration Changes

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    In light of the U.K. government's recent proposal to raise civil penalties for illegal working breaches and toughen visa sponsorship rules, employers should ensure they have foolproof systems for carrying out compliance checks and retaining specified documentation, says Annabel Mace at Squire Patton.

  • Pension Plan Amendment Power Lessons From BBC Ruling

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    The High Court's recent ruling in BBC v. BBC Pension Trust upheld an unusually restrictive fetter on the pension scheme's amendment power, which highlights how fetters can vary in degrees of protection and the importance of carefully considering any restriction, says Maxwell Ballad at Freeths.

  • What To Know About The EU Residency Scheme Changes

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    The U.K. government recently announced extensions to residency status under the EU Settlement Scheme, which is a net positive for U.K.-EU relations and will be welcomed by those affected, including employers concerned about losing employees with expired permission, say Claire Nilson and Abilio Jaribu at Faegre Drinker.

  • FCA Consumer Duty May Pose Enforcement Challenges

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    The new U.K. Financial Conduct Authority consumer duty sets higher standards of customer protection and transparency for financial services firms, but given the myriad products available across the sector, policing the regulations is going to be a challenging task, says Alessio Ianiello at Keller Postman.

  • Employer Strategies For Fixing Motherhood Pay Gap

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    Armed with an understanding of new research from The Fawcett Society covering the impact of motherhood on the pay and economic engagement of different ethnic groups, there are a number of tools employers can leverage to reduce the pay gap, say Simon Kerr-Davis and Kloe Halls at Linklaters.

  • How The UK Visa Scheme Expansion May Plug Labor Gaps

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    Amid ongoing labor shortages, the U.K. government's proposed expansion of the youth mobility scheme could address gaps in the retail and hospitality sectors by freeing employers of the cost and bureaucracy associated with sponsorship, says Katie Newbury at Kingsley Napley.

  • Key Changes In Belarusian Foreign Labor Migration Law

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    Employers should be aware of the recent changes to the labor migration law in Belarus, which provides new permit requirements and amends employers' obligations toward employed migrants, to avoid unnecessary time and financial waste, says Stefan Tomchyk at Sorainen.

  • Employer Steps Ahead Of Sexual Harassment Prevention Law

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    A new Parliamentary bill on employers' duties to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace is expected to enter into force next year, so companies should prepare by rethinking their prevention strategies to avoid fines or being investigated by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, says Joanne Moseley at Irwin Mitchell.

  • Reputation Management Lessons From Spacey Case

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    While a U.K. jury recently acquitted actor Kevin Spacey of sexual assault charges, his reputation has been harmed, illustrating the importance for lawyers to balance a client's right to privacy with media engagement throughout the criminal process, says Jessica Welch at Simkins.

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