Employment UK

  • February 28, 2024

    Debt Recovery Ex-Exec Loses Pay Gap Challenge

    A former manager at a debt recovery company has failed to show that a pay gap was discriminatory, with a tribunal ruling that bosses were commercially pressured to pay three male co-workers more or risk losing them to a rival.

  • February 28, 2024

    Profit Warnings Rise For Pension Scheme Sponsors

    One in five U.K.-listed companies with a defined benefit pension scheme issued a profit warning in 2023, according to research published by EY-Parthenon, marking a year that "exceeded levels" seen at the peak of the financial crisis.

  • February 28, 2024

    Pension Bodies Call For Investment Regulation Overhaul

    The government must boost levels of pension savings, consolidate funds and offer new opportunities for investing in illiquid assets if it wants the sector to contribute to U.K. growth, two trade bodies have said.

  • February 27, 2024

    NDAs Being Used To Conceal Illegal Conduct, Law Body Says

    The Legal Services Board said Wednesday that it has found evidence that lawyers are using non-disclosure agreements to cover up their clients' illegal practices as it considers tightening rules to protect workers and consumers.

  • February 27, 2024

    EX-NMC Health Group CFO Denies Knowledge Of $4.7B Fraud

    The former chief financial officer of United Arab Emirates healthcare group NMC has denied he was involved in a $4.7 billion fraud that administrators allege saw cash siphoned off from the firm for himself and its founder, claiming it was concealed from him.

  • February 27, 2024

    Struck-Off Lawyer Claims Mental Incapacity In Prison Appeal

    A struck-off solicitor on Tuesday challenged her one-year prison sentence for failing to hand over documents to a legal watchdog's investigation, telling an appellate court that proceedings should have been halted after concerns were raised about her mental capacity.

  • February 27, 2024

    Deliveroo Told Partners To Call Police On Strikers, Union Says

    A couriers' union has accused Deliveroo of encouraging restaurants to call the police on delivery drivers who went on strike for better pay and conditions after the U.K. Supreme Court ruled that they could not benefit from workers' rights.

  • February 27, 2024

    Amazon Cleaners To Hold Strike Vote Over Contract Changes

    A U.K. trade union said Tuesday that outsourced Amazon cleaners for two of the retail giant's English warehouses will go on strike over alleged attempts to cut their paid break and remove double-time enhancements for U.K. bank holidays.

  • February 27, 2024

    Embassy Chauffeur Treated Unfairly, But Not Due To Religion

    Officials at the embassy of Brunei in the U.K. mistreated a former chauffeur before sacking him following a series of motoring offenses — but the treatment had nothing to do with his religion, a London tribunal has ruled.

  • February 27, 2024

    Dyson Looks Responsible For Labor Abuses In TV Clip

    A London judge ruled Tuesday that viewers of a TV news broadcast that investigated conditions in Malaysian factories manufacturing Dyson products would think that the company had some responsibility for human rights abuses, in a decision on meaning in a long-running defamation case.

  • February 27, 2024

    Global Pension Assets Total $55T In 2023, Broker Says

    Global pension assets rose by 11% to reach $55.7 trillion in 2023, according to research published by broker WTW, showing a rebound from weaker economic performance across the previous year. 

  • February 27, 2024

    British Pensions Sector Backs FCA 'Advice Gap' Review

    The U.K. pensions industry has thrown its support behind a sweeping review designed to plug a growing advice gap among workers approaching retirement.

  • February 26, 2024

    Judge Wrong To Bar Ex-Barclays VP From Recording Trial

    A former Barclays vice president was unlawfully prevented from recording a hearing into his race discrimination claim against the lender, an appellate tribunal has ruled.

  • February 26, 2024

    Decorator Told To 'Try Escorting' Wins £92K For Harassment

    An employment tribunal has awarded a decorator at a home-building company more than £92,000 ($116,700) in compensation for a series of assaults at work, after a colleague exposed himself to her on the job and her manager asked her to wear stockings and suspenders to work.

  • February 26, 2024

    Ex-Managing Partner Must Pay £210K Costs In Bias Claim

    A former managing partner of a law firm has lost his latest bid to avoid paying costs, after a tribunal blocked him from relitigating rulings that he hid information while off work with cancer to claim income protection insurance and a share of its profits.

  • February 26, 2024

    Boxing Body's Website Statement Didn't Defame Referee

    A judge threw out on Monday a defamation claim by a boxing referee against the governing body of the sport in the U.K., finding a statement on its website about a misconduct investigation into him did not imply he had committed any wrongdoing.

  • February 26, 2024

    Tribunal Fees 'Green Light To Bad Employers,' Gov't Told

    Plans to reintroduce employment tribunal fees in Britain would block "worthy claims" and "give a green light to bad employers to exploit their workers," dozens of organizations warned the government on Monday.

  • February 26, 2024

    UK Unveils Plan For Surplus In £1.4T Pension Sector

    The government has said it is exploring proposals to allow companies to tap into the £1.4 trillion ($1.8 trillion) defined benefit pension sector, but trade bodies and consultants warned that the plan could undermine the security of savers.

  • February 23, 2024

    Ex-Ofsted Inspector Wins Claim Over Skin Graft Adjustments

    The Employment Tribunal has ruled that school inspection agency Ofsted failed to make proper adjustments for a school inspector with skin cancer when she returned to work after receiving a skin graft.

  • February 23, 2024

    Ex-Law Firm Worker Can't Nix Sanction Over Siphoned Funds

    An ex-employee of a law firm failed to convince a tribunal Friday that it should overturn a restriction on his ability to work in law after he was exonerated in criminal proceedings on accusations that he had embezzled at least £89,000 ($113,000).

  • February 23, 2024

    HIV Status Can't Shield Worker After 4-Month Absence

    A Scottish government worker has failed to prove that he was fired because of his disabilities, after a tribunal ruled that he left his bosses with few options after he was absent for 148 days during a probationary period.

  • February 23, 2024

    Serco Ordered To Dump Staff's Biometric Data

    The privacy watchdog ordered Serco's health club arm on Friday to stop using facial recognition and fingerprints to identify when employees clock in to work, saying that it is an excessively intrusive use of biometric data.

  • February 23, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen Tesco target competing retailer Lidl with a copyright claim as they battle in the Court of Appeal over the design of Tesco’s Clubcard, the directors of a taxi business sue the creator of an AI route mapping app for professional negligence, Global Aerospace Underwriting Managers tackle an aviation claim by an Irish investment company, and Robert Bull hit with a general commercial contracts claim by Hancock Finance.

  • February 23, 2024

    Ex-Bevan Brittan Solicitor Stuck Off Over Antisemitic Tweets

    A former lawyer with Bevan Brittan LLP who sent abusive and antisemitic tweets about prominent U.K. figures, including a well-known barrister, was struck off by a tribunal on Friday.

  • February 23, 2024

    Pensions Regulator To Rejig Oversight Of Workplace Schemes

    The Pensions Regulator has said it will create three new regulatory functions as part of a strategic overhaul it said would meet the demands of a changing marketplace of fewer, but larger schemes.

Expert Analysis

  • What New French Whistleblower Law Means For Companies

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    A French law that recently entered into force broadens the definition of whistleblower and simplifies the reporting process, creating a new system that offers added protection but may well increase the number of reports made to authorities, say Alexandre Bisch and Fanny Gauthier at Debevoise.

  • Why Risk-Based Employee Conduct Policies Are Advisable

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    In establishing employee conduct policies, companies should consider the extent to which they are exposed to certain types of risk, such as bribery and corruption, as establishing clear written standards offers a step toward avoiding criminal liability, says Steve Melrose at Bellevue Law.

  • Steps Businesses Can Take To Mitigate AI Discrimination Bias

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    There are risks that artificial intelligence systems can result in actionable discrimination in recruitment and employment processes, and to mitigate bias businesses should ensure there is informed human involvement, putting in place suitable policy frameworks to reflect their values and positions on diversity, says David Lorimer at Fieldfisher.

  • New FCA Listing Rules May Start Regulatory Shift On Diversity

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    Listed companies that fail to meet new Financial Conduct Authority rules for minimum executive board diversity currently risk reputational damage mainly through social scrutiny, but should prepare for potential regulatory enforcement actions, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • The Case For Company-Directed Offensive ESG Litigation

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    Rather than treat environmental, social and governance litigation as a source of liability, there is a serious benefit for companies and their lawyers to evaluate and pursue offensive ESG litigation, says Bob Koneck at Woodsford.

  • How ESG Matters Are Influencing M&A Due Diligence Trends

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    With a proliferation of environmental, social and governance-related regulatory developments and a desire to comply with best practice, ESG matters have become an increasingly important area of focus for both clients and advisers in M&A transactions, say attorneys at Sullivan & Cromwell.

  • Steps Toward Eliminating Slavery In Apparel Supply Chains

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    To minimize regulatory, operational and reputational risks associated with human trafficking activity, apparel companies should assess whether they have sufficiently robust and accurate reporting on their end-to-end supply chains, and ensure they can meet U.S. Customs and Border Protection evidentiary requirements, say consultants at FTI Consulting.

  • New Anti-Modern Slavery Bill Unlikely To Accomplish Goals

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    A new bill has been introduced to increase the accountability of organizations to tackle modern slavery, but without requiring the establishment of a corporate strategy and imposing sanctions for noncompliance, the U.K.'s response to modern slavery in general is unlikely to meaningfully improve, says Alice Lepeuple at WilmerHale.

  • ESG Regs Abroad Offer Road Map For US Multinational Cos.

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    Recent regulations in the European Union and United Kingdom mandate certain companies to disclose climate-related and other environmental, social and governance information to investors, serving as a harbinger of things to come in the U.S., say Petrina McDaniel and Shing Tse at Squire Patton, and Kimberly Chainey at AptarGroup.

  • How Will UK Use New Penalties For Debt-Dodging Directors?

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    Thomas Shortland at Cohen & Gresser discusses the scope of the new disqualification regime for company directors who dissolve their businesses to avoid paying back state COVID-19 loans, and identifies factors that may affect how frequently the government exercises the new powers.

  • How Immune Are State Agents From Foreign Courts?

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    The ongoing case of Basfar v. Wong is the latest to raise questions about the boundary between commercial or private activity and the exercise of sovereign authority that shields state agents from foreign judicial scrutiny — and the U.K. Supreme Court's upcoming decision in the matter will likely bring clarity on exceptions to the immunity doctrine, say Andrew Stafford QC and Oleg Shaulko at Kobre & Kim.

  • Human Rights-Focused Lending Models Can Curb Trafficking

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    In light of increased environmental, social and governance attention and the 10th anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the financial sector should expand and align its anti-trafficking efforts with ESG measures by linking human rights outcomes to lending frameworks, say Sarah Byrne and Ed Ivey at Moore & Van Allen.

  • Green Investments Are Not Immune To ESG Scrutiny

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    As investment informed and motivated by environmental, social and governance considerations accelerates, companies and investors in the green technology sector must keep in mind that regulators, consumers and communities will not grant them free passes on the full range of ESG concerns, say Michael Murphy and Kyle Guest at Gibson Dunn.

  • What G-7 Xinjiang Focus Means For UK And US Companies

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    Attorneys at King & Spalding consider the shifting legal and political landscape, highlighted at last month's G-7 summit, around eradicating forced labor in China’s northwest Xinjiang region, and what U.K. and U.S. businesses with supply chain exposure should do to mitigate their legal, financial and reputational exposure.

  • UK Employment Case May Lead To New Discrimination Suits

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    The recent Maya Forstater case before the U.K. Employment Appeals Tribunal, concerning whether gender-critical beliefs are a protected characteristic, could provoke an influx of discrimination cases on the basis that philosophical beliefs could trump other protected characteristics, says Jules Quinn at King & Spalding.

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