Employment UK

  • February 20, 2024

    Aspiring Judge Loses Race Bias Case Over Failed Application

    An Asian-British solicitor has lost his case accusing a High Court judge of downgrading his application for a judicial post because he wasn't white, with a tribunal concluding that his failure had "nothing whatsoever" to do with his race.

  • February 20, 2024

    Uni Unfairly Fired Lecturer But Fair Dismissal Was Inevitable

    A tribunal has awarded a senior lecturer one week's salary in damages after ruling that his university unfairly sacked him following a procedural redundancy failure but would have fairly dismissed him a week later.

  • February 20, 2024

    Royal Parks Contractors Appeal For Equal Pay With Staff

    Britain's Royal Parks racially discriminated against its cleaners by approving a contract that paid them less than its employees, a group of workers argued at an appeals court Tuesday in a case that could force employers across the U.K. to revisit similar arrangements.

  • February 20, 2024

    Pension Transfers Could Cost Savers £70K In Retirement

    Pensioners-to-be in the U.K. could lose about £70,000 ($88,500) in retirement when transferring their pension pot due to a lack of understanding of key information such as financial charges, according to recent research.

  • February 20, 2024

    Pension Numbers Shrink As Funding Grows, Watchdog Says

    The number of defined benefit pension schemes in the U.K. has decreased by 2% since 2022, according to a report published Tuesday by The Pensions Regulator that shows that funding levels for retirement savings plans are continuing to improve.

  • February 20, 2024

    Soccer Club Unfairly Axed Coach Over N-Word Allegations

    A top-tier English soccer club unfairly sacked a part-time coach after mishandling its investigation into allegations that he said a racist slur to a colleague, a tribunal has ruled.

  • February 19, 2024

    Barrister Disbarred For Pocketing £149K In VAT Payments

    A barrister was ordered to be disbarred on Monday after he admitted to receiving value-added tax on his professional fees despite not being registered for it, with a tribunal saying he acted dishonestly and that his behavior amounted to "serious misconduct."

  • February 19, 2024

    Sex Offense Suspect Can't Get Evidence From BBC

    An anonymous, internationally known figure under investigation for alleged serious sexual offenses cannot use a witness statement from the BBC to persuade prosecutors not to charge him, a London court ruled on Monday.

  • February 19, 2024

    UK Launches Crackdown On 'Fire And Rehire' Tactics

    Employers could face sanctions for firing staff and rehiring them on worse contracts under new rules that will strictly police the practice, the U.K. government said Monday.

  • February 19, 2024

    Ex-M&C Saatchi Finance Manager Loses Home-Working Claim

    A tribunal has rejected a claim by a former M&C Saatchi finance manager that the advertising agency forced her to quit by asking her to return to the office, ruling that the company's demand should not have destroyed their relationship.

  • February 19, 2024

    FCA Secures Bankruptcy Order Against Pension Promoters

    The Financial Conduct Authority has said it has secured bankruptcy orders against a pair of pensions promoters in a move to cover a £10.7 million ($13.5 million) restitution order for creditors.

  • February 16, 2024

    Ambulance Manager Fairly Fired For Personal Use Of Pool Car

    A duty manager at an NHS ambulance control center has lost his unfair dismissal claim, with a tribunal ruling that his bosses had every right to fire him after he had a colleague pick up his family from the airport in a company vehicle.

  • February 16, 2024

    Uber Ruling Still Reverberates For Gig Economy 3 Years On

    As the U.K. marks the third anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to grant workers' rights to Uber drivers, experts tell Law360 that the ruling has reverberated through the gig economy and that legislative changes are likely.

  • February 16, 2024

    Law Firm Loses Over Solicitor's Pension On Maternity Leave

    A London-based commercial law firm discriminated against an associate solicitor because she was on maternity leave and forced her to resign by making baseless criticisms about her performance, a tribunal has ruled.

  • February 16, 2024

    Social Club Unfairly Fired Steward, But Age Not A Factor

    A social club unfairly sacked a steward by making her redundant without offering her any redeployment opportunities while retaining one of her colleagues — even though the difference in treatment was not linked to age, a tribunal has ruled.

  • February 16, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen a legal battle erupt between JPMorgan and the founder of a Greek payments company following a dispute over the valuation of their jointly owned fintech business, the children of late Russian oligarch Vladimir Scherbakov face a claim by Fieldfisher LLP, the Director of Education and Training at the Solicitors Regulation Authority tackle a claim by two solicitors, and train operator First MTR South Western Trains file a claim against a security company. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • February 16, 2024

    UK Pension Annuity Sales Hit £5.2B In 2023, ABI Says

    The total value of pension annuities for consumers jumped by almost 50% to £5.2 billion ($6.6 billion) in 2023, a trade body said Friday, a rise fueled in part by rising interest rates.

  • February 15, 2024

    NHS Forced PTSD Doc To Quit By Ignoring Resourcing Issues

    A National Health Service trust unfairly pushed a clinical psychologist out the door by continually failing to address her concerns about patient safety amid a lack of funding and resources for her mental health unit, a tribunal has ruled.

  • February 15, 2024

    Collapsed Pension Fund Claws Back £1.9M Lost In Fraud

    The liquidators of a pension fund said they have clawed back £1.9 million ($2.4 million) as part of their long-running quest to recover many millions of pounds of investors' pension savings lost to an elaborate fraud.

  • February 15, 2024

    SFO Says Directing Mind Reforms Were A 'Christmas Present'

    Reforms that make it easier to hold companies criminally liable for their employees were a "Christmas present" for the Serious Fraud Office and will have a "huge" effect on its work, the general counsel for the anti-corruption agency said Thursday.

  • February 15, 2024

    Sacked Anti-Vax Carer Loses Unfair Dismissal Case

    A care worker has lost her claim for unfair dismissal against her employer as a tribunal found that it was reasonable for her to be sacked when she refused to have the COVID-19 vaccine despite being required by law to do so.

  • February 15, 2024

    Osborne Clarke Steers £114M Standard Life Pension Deal

    Standard Life said Thursday that it has completed a £114 million ($143 million) buy-in transaction guided by Osborne Clarke LLP to acquire the pensions of around 1,800 members of the Vector Pension Scheme.

  • February 15, 2024

    Serco OK To Sack Hospital Employee Over Tea Theft Saga

    Serco Ltd. had reasonable grounds to sack an employee for gross misconduct after it found in an investigation that she had pocketed 1,100 tea bags and bullied a colleague, a tribunal has ruled.

  • February 14, 2024

    Mine Rescuer Forced To Resign After Misleading Email

    A tribunal has found that a mine rescuer was constructively dismissed after his bosses misled him, feigning that they wanted him to come back to his job after a disciplinary hearing while they worked to prevent his return.

  • February 14, 2024

    SRA Refuses To Lift Suspension Of Former Axiom Manager

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has refused to reinstate one of the Axiom Ince managers it suspended in August over nearly £65 million ($82 million) of client funds that went missing, saying it would not be in the public interest.

Expert Analysis

  • Collapse-Risk Buildings Present Liability Challenges

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    Recently, buildings, such as Harrow Crown Court, have been closed due to risk of collapse from use of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete in their construction, but identifying who will pay for the associated damages may be challenging due to expired limitation periods, say Theresa Mohammed, Jonathan Clarke and Villem Diederichs at Watson Farley.

  • Age Bias Cases Illustrate Key Employer Issues On Retirement

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    Recent Employment Tribunal cases demonstrate that age discrimination claims are increasingly on employees' radars, particularly regarding retirement, so employers should be proactive and review their current practices for managing older employees, say Jane Mann and Lucy Sellen at Fox Williams.

  • What The Auto-Enrollment Law Means For UK Workforce

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    In a welcome step to enhance retirement savings, the U.K. government is set to extend the automatic enrollment regime by lowering the eligibility age and reducing the lower qualifying earnings limit, but addressing workers' immediate financial needs remains a challenge, says Beth Brown at Arc Pensions.

  • RSA Insurance Ruling Clarifies Definition Of 'Insured Loss'

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    A London appeals court's recent ruling in Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance v. Tughans, that the insurer must provide coverage for a liability that included the law firm's fees, shows that a claim for the recovery of fees paid to a firm can constitute an insured loss, say James Roberts and Sophia Hanif at Clyde & Co.

  • Key Takeaways From ICO Report On Workforce Monitoring

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    The Information Commissioner's Office recently published guidance on workplace monitoring, highlighting that employers must strike a balance between their business needs and workers' privacy rights to avoid falling afoul of U.K. data protection law requirements, say lawyers at MoFo.

  • Creating A Safe Workplace Goes Beyond DEI Compliance

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    The Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority recently proposed a new diversity and inclusion regulatory framework to combat sexual harassment in the workplace, and companies should take this opportunity to holistically transform their culture to ensure zero tolerance for misconduct, says Vivek Dodd at Skillcast.

  • Bias Claim Highlights Need For Menopause Support Policies

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    The recent U.K. Employment Tribunal case Rooney v. Leicester City Council, concerning a menopause discrimination claim, illustrates the importance of support policies that should feed into an organization's wider diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging strategies, say Ellie Gelder, Kelly Thomson and Victoria Othen at RPC.

  • UK Case Offers Lessons On Hiring Accommodations

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    The U.K. Employment Appeal Tribunal recently ruled in Aecom v. Mallon that an employer had failed to make reasonable adjustments to an online application for an applicant with a disability, highlighting that this obligation starts from the earliest point of the recruitment process, say Nishma Chudasama and Emily Morrison at SA Law.

  • Firms Should Prepare For New DEI Reporting Requirements

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    While the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority's recent proposals on diversity and inclusion in the financial sector are progressive, implementing reporting requirements will pose data collection and privacy protection challenges for employers, say lawyers at Fieldfisher.

  • Socioeconomic Data Shows Diversity Needed In Legal Sector

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    U.K. solicitors come from the highest socioeconomic backgrounds compared with the wider workforce, and with the case for a greater focus on diversity and inclusion stronger in law than in any other sector, now is the time to challenge the status quo decisions that affect equality and representation, says Nik Miller at the Bridge Group.

  • How Employers Can Support Neurodiversity In The Workplace

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    A recent run of cases emphasize employers' duties to make reasonable adjustments for neurodiverse employees under the Equalities Act, illustrating the importance of investing in staff education and listening to neurodivergent workers to improve recruitment, retention and productivity in the workplace, say Anna Henderson and Tim Leaver at Herbert Smith.

  • Retained EU Law Act Puts Employment Rights Into Question

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    The recent announcement that the equal pay for equal work provisions of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU would not be repealed by the U.K. Retained EU Law Act has created uncertainty as to whether key employment rights will be vulnerable to challenge, say Nick Marshall and Louise Mason at Linklaters.

  • 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.

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