Employment UK

  • June 07, 2024

    'Squeezed Middle' Pension Schemes Urged To Be Flexible

    Defined benefit pension schemes with assets between £10 million ($12.7 million) and £250 million are the new "squeezed middle" in the retirement savings market, Hymans Robertson has said, encouraging those plans to remain flexible amid the challenges they face.

  • June 07, 2024

    30% Of UK Workers Unsure How To Access Pensions

    An estimated 30% of British workers are unsure about their retirement options and worry about how to access their savings, according to a study published by TPT Retirement Solutions Ltd.

  • June 06, 2024

    Post Office Board Missed Clues, Former Chair Tells Inquiry

    A former chair of the Post Office Ltd. board told the inquiry into the Horizon IT scandal on Thursday that the board did not act on a number of "clues" suggesting that the company was wrongly prosecuting innocent subpostmasters.

  • June 06, 2024

    Fired Ikea Worker Loses COVID-19 Harassment Claim

    An ex-Ikea employee has lost his case that he was unfairly dismissed and harassed over his opposition to COVID-19 safety measures, as an employment tribunal ruled that his beliefs were not challenged, only his behavior.

  • June 06, 2024

    Solicitor Wins Worker Status In Unfair Dismissal Claim

    An employment judge has ruled that a consultant solicitor working on "flexible terms" for a U.K. law firm counts as a worker, rather than being self-employed, in her unfair dismissal claim against the firm.

  • June 06, 2024

    Pension Funding Levels 'Stable' Ahead Of Looming Election

    The political party that wins the July 4 general election will is likely to operate within an environment of stable funding for retirement savings plans, a consultancy said Thursday, as it highlighted the "relatively" consistent levels of funding in the past year.

  • June 06, 2024

    Imam Wins £20K From Mosque Over Religious Harassment

    A mosque in northern England must pay its former Sunni imam £20,000 ($25,570) after a tribunal ruled members of the place of worship accused him of following the beliefs of a rival branch of Islam, which left him with no choice but to quit.

  • June 06, 2024

    Rwanda Plan Forces Civil Servants To Break Law, Union Says

    Civil servants will be forced to violate international human rights law and their workplace code of conduct if the government requires them to process deportation flights to Rwanda against Strasbourg's rulings, a trade union argued at a London court on Thursday.

  • June 06, 2024

    HMRC Harassed Protesting Staffer With Relocation Ultimatum

    HM Revenue and Customs harassed an employee based on her race by asking her to withdraw a discrimination grievance in return for making her transfer to a new office permanent, a tribunal has ruled.

  • June 06, 2024

    Labour Drops Antisemitism Report Leak Claim On Ex-Staffers

    The Labour Party dropped on Thursday its legal claims against five former employees who it said conspired to leak a damning report on how its internal disciplinary body mishandled allegations of antisemitism and undermined its leader at the time, Jeremy Corbyn.

  • June 05, 2024

    Scottish Defenders Boycott Abuse Cases As Pay Talks Stall

    Criminal defense lawyers in Scotland have restarted their boycott of domestic abuse cases after talks with the Scottish government over legal aid reform broke down.

  • June 05, 2024

    Climate Risk Must Form Part Of Trustee Role

    A quarter of pension scheme trustees want a new interpretation of their fiduciary duties to allow them to consider climate risk because doing so will help tackle the dangers posed by a changing environment, Lane Clark & Peacock LLP said Wednesday.

  • June 05, 2024

    Slater And Gordon Fight Ex-Analyst's Redundancy Appeal

    Slater and Gordon LLP challenged on Wednesday an appeal by a former costs analyst, who claims that he was made redundant because he was mentally unwell and wrongly deprived of most of a £20,000 ($25,500) bonus.

  • June 05, 2024

    Labour's Pension Tax Plans Backed By Fiscal Research Body

    An influential economics think tank has backed plans by the Labour Party to reintroduce the lifetime allowance, arguing that there should be a cap on the tax-free accumulation of pensions wealth.

  • June 05, 2024

    Carer Wins £41K After Losing Job Over Racism Complaints

    A care worker has won £40,700 ($52,000) in damages after convincing a tribunal that his employer unfairly fired him following a complaint that bosses treated ethnic minorities less favorably in the workplace.

  • June 05, 2024

    EU Financial Watchdogs Team Up With Cybersecurity Agency

    The three financial regulators of the European Union signed an agreement with the EU cybersecurity agency on Wednesday to join forces to protect the pensions, markets and banking sectors in the bloc from cyberattacks and similar risks.

  • June 04, 2024

    Dancers Target Strip Club Over Wages And Worker Status

    A group of strip club dancers are pursuing a legal case over "appalling" working conditions at SophistiCats Soho, which included being fined £50 for arriving a little late or using toilets at "inappropriate" times.

  • June 04, 2024

    Royal Navy Must Face Transgender Reservist's Bias Claim

    A tribunal has ruled that a transgender Royal Navy reservist can forge ahead with his harassment claim against the Ministry of Defence, finding that he had followed procedure for lodging a complaint with the defense body.

  • June 04, 2024

    Virgin Atlantic Must Unredact Docs Over COVID Redundancy

    Virgin Atlantic Airways must hand over unredacted documents relating to a pandemic-era redundancy exercise after an appellate judge ruled that it was "overwhelmingly" proportionate to allow pilots suing the airline to view them.

  • June 04, 2024

    IT Review Would Be Disclosed To Court, Post Office Warned

    An internal Post Office report warned that any independent review of the faulty IT system used to prosecute innocent people would have to be disclosed in court, according to documents disclosed to the inquiry into the scandal on Tuesday.

  • June 04, 2024

    Mediator Loses Bias Claim Over Disbelief In Structural Racism

    A mediator has lost his case that he faced harassment and discrimination over his opposition to critical race theory, as an employment tribunal ruled that removing his controversial online posts was justified to "avoid disruption and promote a harmonious workplace."

  • June 04, 2024

    Nearly A Third Of Over 55s Dipping Into Pensions Early

    Almost three in 10 retirees over the age of 55 have said they had withdrawn money from their pension before retirement as savers continue to feel squeezed by rising living costs, Just Group said Tuesday.

  • June 03, 2024

    Labaton Keller Opens 1st Office Outside US In London

    Labaton Keller Sucharow LLP said Monday it has opened its first office outside the U.S. in London, as the firm looks to expand its services to the U.K. and the rest of Europe.

  • June 03, 2024

    Labour Party Beats Rejected Candidate's Discrimination Case

    A rejected Labour candidate cannot sue the political party for disability discrimination because his pact allowing him to run for office was not an employment contract, a tribunal has ruled.

  • June 03, 2024

    Barrister Loses Disability Bias Case Against Chambers Head

    A barrister who accused the head of an English criminal chambers of bullying in claims for disability discrimination cannot sue after a judge ruled he was not disabled and therefore has no basis for bringing his case.

Expert Analysis

  • How The UK Employment Court Backlogs Jeopardize Justice

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    While employment tribunal case delays may not top the agenda of new Secretary of State for Justice Alex Chalk, recent data reveals deep and long-term issues, including a staggering half a million current or former employees waiting for their case to trudge forward in the queue, says Heather Wilmot at ARAG.

  • A First Look At UK's Reform Approach To EU Employment Law

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    The U.K. government's recent proposal on EU employment laws is relatively modest, retaining the post-Brexit law in areas such as recording working hours and holiday pay calculations, and assuaging predictions of a bonfire of EU employment rights, say Sally Hulston and James Davies at Lewis Silkin.

  • How The UK Noncompete Cap Proposal May Affect Employers

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    Following the U.K. government's plan to limit noncompete clauses to three months, employers will undoubtedly look at other options to prevent post-employment competition, such as use of garden leave, but this may keep employees out of the talent pool, say David Samuels and Tarun Tawakley at Lewis Silkin.

  • Employers Should Welcome UK Guidance On Positive Action

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    Recent guidance from the U.K. government clarifies the often overlooked and misunderstood concept of positive action under the Equality Act 2010, and may help employers feel more confident in using permitted conduct to promote equality, say lawyers at Fieldfisher.

  • Lessons For Businesses From The Raab Bullying Report

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    In light of the inquiry into workplace bullying that led to last month’s resignation of U.K. government minister Dominic Raab, businesses must ensure that they and their managers adhere to company policies, procedures and processes, and remain vigilant in stamping out and preventing such behaviors, says Suzy Blade at Setfords.

  • What The Ethnicity Pay Gap Guidance Means For Employers

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    In light of the U.K. government's recent guidance on measuring ethnicity pay differences, which could become mandatory, employers should consider ethnicity pay gap reporting and the complexities unique to it, in order to support a truly diverse workforce, say Catherine Shepherd and Kath Sadler-Smith at Osborne Clarke.

  • How The EU Pay Transparency Directive Will Affect Employers

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    The newly adopted EU Pay Transparency Directive aims to strengthen the principle of equal pay between men and women by way of mandatory gender pay gap reporting, and employers should prepare for the significant changes this will bring by closing any existing gaps and establishing a transparent compensation system, says Ulrike Conradi at Ogletree.

  • 3 Employee Protection Issues To Watch In UK Gov't

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    The recent U.K. harassment proposals, autism employment review and artificial intelligence white paper demonstrate that employee protection and well-being are high on the government's agenda, and could lead to changes in employers' support and hiring processes, say Catherine Shepherd and Kath Sadler-Smith at Osborne Clarke.

  • Tips On Implementing Menopause Support Policies At Work

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    1 in 10 women have left a job due to menopausal symptoms, highlighting that employers must find ways to support and retain affected employees, especially amid the growing drive to boost the numbers of older people in the workforce and oft-cited war for talent, say Ellie Gelder and Kelly Thomson at RPC.

  • Changes In Employment That May Affect Sponsor Licenses

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    With economic conditions prompting changes that expose businesses to additional immigration compliance risks, and the U.K. Home Office increasing its enforcement activities regarding employment, employers should be alert to the potential implications, say attorneys at Lewis Silkin.

  • How The LDI Crisis May Lead To Pensions' Negligence Claims

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    Following the liability-driven investment crisis and its impact on pension schemes, employers and trustees may now be considering if anyone is to blame for any losses arising, say Rachael Healey and Andrew Oberholzer at RPC.

  • Immersive Tech And The Risks It Poses For Employers

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    While augmented reality and virtual reality technologies can promote efficiency and cost savings, there is a risk of significant health implications for employees, and businesses should be aware of the legal and regulatory risks that need to be managed, say Olivia Sinfield and Dan Charie at Osborne Clarke.

  • How SRA Workplace Culture Guidance May Help Legal Sector

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    Whether or not the Solicitors Regulation Authority acts on its recently released guidance on toxic workplace environments in law firms and imposes harsh sanctions, it will hopefully encourage some positive top-down changes, and should give individuals confidence to demand acceptable behavior, says Georgina Calvert-Lee at Bellevue Law.

  • Examining Quotas And Positive Discrimination In Employment

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    The U.K. differs from most other European jurisdictions, where it is lawful to take positive action but not positive discrimination, but since current legislation requires the U.K. to keep up with EU levels of employment protection, the government may decide to amend national law to keep pace with the EU, say Ranjit Dhindsa and Richard Branson at Fieldfisher.

  • The UK's Pursuit Of Simplified Holiday Leave Calculations

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    The British government's recent proposed amendments to the Working Time Regulations, which simplify statutory holiday entitlement calculations for part-year workers, demonstrate an intent to mitigate the confusing implications of the U.K. Supreme Court's 2022 ruling in Harpur Trust v. Brazel, but more clarity may be needed, say Josie Beal and Megan Simpkins at Birketts.

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