Employment UK

  • February 09, 2024

    No Reinstatement For Lawyer Struck Off Over Drink Scam

    The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal refused on Friday to reinstate a lawyer who was struck off after being imprisoned for helping to bribe witnesses in a fake Duracell energy drink fraud trial, concluding that his "significant character reformation" was not enough.

  • February 09, 2024

    Green Party Allowed To Sack Spokesperson Over Trans Views

    A London court ruled Friday that the Green Party was allowed to oust a former spokesperson over his expressed beliefs on trans rights because it is a political organization, despite having broken procedural rules when it sacked him.

  • February 09, 2024

    Lack Of English Use By German Co. Might Be Bias, EAT Rules

    An ex-employee of a payment provider has revived his case after an appellate panel ruled that a previous judge should not have struck out allegations that the German company's failure to hold meetings in English amounted to racial discrimination.

  • February 09, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen a Saudi Arabian property investor file legal action against RLS Solicitors, Aspire Pharma and Bayer Intellectual Property tackle a patent dispute, the owners of soccer club West Ham United FC raise a red card against E20 Stadium LLP with a commercial fraud action, and accountants BDO file another commercial claim against the managing directors of KGJ Insurance Services. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • February 09, 2024

    UK Regulators Need 'Growth Mindset' Lloyd's Boss Says

    Financial watchdogs needed to change their mindset on international competitiveness in order to align with the U.K. government's plans for economic growth, the chair of Lloyd's of London said.

  • February 09, 2024

    UK Pensions Watchdog Faces New Wave Of Walkouts

    Workers at the U.K. pensions watchdog are planning another 12-day walkout after negotiations over pay demands failed, their union has said, marking their second strike action of 2024.

  • February 08, 2024

    Legal 500 Bosses Sent 'Hostile' Texts About Staff, Union Says

    Managers at The Legal 500 sent "abusive" and "hostile" texts about staff amid an ongoing feud over the publisher's alleged axing of two staffers on "bogus charges" in a bid to stop them from unionizing, a trade union claimed Thursday.

  • February 08, 2024

    Plastics Firm Ensinger Loses Against Discrimination Claim

    A grinding operator at an engineering plastics maker has won his claims of discrimination and a sum of £10,402 ($13,125), as a tribunal ruled that his bosses failed to make reasonable adjustments.

  • February 08, 2024

    Male Life Model Can't Pursue Sex Discrimination Claim

    An employment tribunal has ruled it does not have jurisdiction to hear a male life model's claim of sex discrimination against a Derbyshire art gallery's assistant as he could not be categorized as a worker.

  • February 08, 2024

    Pension Reform Needed To Plug Growing Savings Shortfall

    Only 40% of households with defined contribution schemes will have enough saved for a moderate standard of retirement living by 2040, an insurer has said, arguing that higher pension contributions could prevent a "bigger cost-of-living crisis" in the future.

  • February 08, 2024

    Pensions Regulator Boosts Data Gathering After Funds Crisis

    The Pensions Regulator has said it has bolstered its gathering of data from the U.K.'s retirement funds in the wake of the liability-driven investment sector crisis.

  • February 08, 2024

    UK Gov't Sets Up Pension 'Small Pots' Support Group

    The U.K. government has brought together a group of regulators and industry experts to implement proposals designed to help savers track their pensions, a move lawmakers said could benefit the average saver by £700 ($882) at retirement.

  • February 08, 2024

    Arc Pensions Law Hires Litigation Pro From Pinsent Masons

    Specialist firm Arc Pensions Law LLP has hired pensions expert Ben Fairhead as a new partner from Pinsent Masons LLP.

  • February 07, 2024

    Women Need Extra 19 Years In Work To Close Pension Gap

    Women in the U.K. would need to work for an additional 19 years on average to retire with the same amount of pension savings as a man, according to research published on Wednesday. 

  • February 07, 2024

    Pension Funding Hits Record Despite Gilt 'Roller Coaster'

    Pension funding in the U.K. reached a record surplus of £265 billion ($334.6 billion) in January despite the economic turbulence towards the tail end of last year, according to an analysis by PwC.

  • February 07, 2024

    UK Freezes Pensions Auto-Enrollment Thresholds Again

    Britain's pensions minister has said the government will retain the current earnings threshold at which workers are automatically enrolled into pension plans, citing "prevailing economic factors."

  • February 07, 2024

    FCA Tells Insurers To Provide Non-Financial Misconduct Data

    The Financial Conduct Authority has given insurers written notice to provide statistics on incidents of non-financial misconduct like bullying and harassment at their firms.

  • February 07, 2024

    Rise In Retiree Costs Is 'Wake-Up Call,' Ex-Minister Says

    The rise in annual costs for U.K. retirees should be a "wake-up call" to the government and pensions industry, a former pensions minister said Wednesday as a trade body released new estimates for the cost of living in retirement.

  • February 07, 2024

    Gov't Must Rehire Axed Jobcentre Staffer, Pay Her £68K

    A government department must reinstate an unfairly fired member of staff and pay her £68,000 ($86,000) in salary arrears after it ignored the effect of her medication on her actions when it carried out its botched misconduct investigation.

  • February 06, 2024

    Factory Discriminated Against Injured Worker After Bike Fall

    An employment tribunal has ruled that an offal processing facility failed to provide a meat line operative with enough work, and sometimes sent her home without pay, after she sustained long-term injuries from a bike crash.

  • February 06, 2024

    Professor's Anti-Zionist Views Ruled To Be Protected Beliefs

    A British university unfairly sacked a professor for saying that Zionism is a racist ideology, a tribunal has ruled, concluding that the academic institution discriminated against him because his views were protected beliefs.

  • February 06, 2024

    NHS Dismissal Justified Due To COVID-19 Anxiety

    An NHS ambulance driver has lost his claims of unfair dismissal and discrimination after a tribunal ruled that his anxiety over contracting COVID-19 was so strong that no adjustments would have persuaded him to return to work after his long absence.

  • February 06, 2024

    Ex-Watchdog Boss Faults New Pension Funding Regulations

    The U.K. government has missed an opportunity to better encourage pension schemes to invest in the economy in its revised funding regulations for the sector, a former policy boss at The Pensions Regulator warned.

  • February 06, 2024

    Burges Salmon Guides Insurance Co. In £72M Pension Deal

    DAS Insurance has offloaded £72 million ($90 million) of its employee pension liabilities to Canada Life, in a deal steered by Burges Salmon LLP.

  • February 06, 2024

    PE-Funded Charity Beats Former Exec's Notice Pay Claim

    The former head of investor relations at a private equity-funded charity has lost his claim for notice pay after a tribunal ruled that the organization was not required to give him written notice of his dismissal.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • New Solicitor Workplace Rules Present Practical Challenges

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    As law firms and partners are beginning to understand and apply the Solicitors Regulation Authority's new rules and guidance on unfair treatment toward colleagues, it is becoming clear that there are a number of potential pitfalls to navigate, says Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

  • What Trustees Must Know About Virgin Media Pension Case

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    The High Court's recent decision in Virgin Media v. NTL Trustees could have significant consequences for salary-related contracted-out schemes, making it necessary for trustees to start examining any deeds of amendment during the affected time period, says James Newcome at Wedlake Bell.

  • 4 ADR Techniques To Know In Employment Cases

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    With increasing pressure on Employment Tribunal resources and recent presidential guidance highlighting alternative dispute resolution methods, practitioners should know the key types of ADR available for employment claims, how they differ and what the likely future implications are for those involved in tribunal litigation, says Sarah Hooton at Browne Jacobson.

  • Gender Diverse Boards May Reduce Corporate Fraud Risk

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    Following the recently proposed "failure to prevent fraud" offense, companies should focus on diversity in leadership as research shows that an increase in women's representation on boards is associated with a decreased probability of fraud, say Anoushka Warlow and Suzanne Gallagher at BCL Solicitors.

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