Employment UK

  • February 05, 2024

    Biz Lobby Group Settles Former Chief's Claim Over Firing

    Britain's most prominent business lobby group said on Monday that it has agreed to settle a legal dispute with a former leader who was fired following complaints that he sexually harassed a female colleague.

  • February 05, 2024

    Pension Watchdog Warns Schemes After Capita Cyber Breach

    The U.K.'s retirement savings watchdog has asked pension trustees to report cyber incidents to it on a voluntary basis, in the wake of a data breach at one of the U.K.'s largest scheme administrators.

  • February 05, 2024

    UK Could Have To Raise Pension Age To 71, Study Warns

    The retirement age might have to rise to 71 in Britain by 2050 to maintain the number of workers per pensioner to sustain economic stability and the viability of pension systems, a specialist think tank said on Monday.

  • February 05, 2024

    Gov't Clarifies Pension Dashboard 'Deferral' Rules

    The U.K. government has published guidance setting out under which circumstances pension schemes can delay connecting to new online retirement savings portals.

  • February 05, 2024

    Confidence In Pensions Outlook Dips In UK, Studies Show

    Confidence in pensions and the overall outlook for retirement is declining in Britain, according to analysis published Monday, with concerns about allocated state payments in old age driving negative sentiment.

  • February 05, 2024

    Housekeeper Wins Payout Over Property Co.'s Furlough Bias

    A property management company must pay £11,000 ($14,000) to a housekeeper who it indirectly discriminated against based on childcare duties by requiring her to work during a COVID-19 lockdown, a tribunal has ruled.

  • February 05, 2024

    Revolution Beauty's Ex-CEO To Pay £2.9M To Settle Dispute

    Cosmetics brand Revolution Beauty said Monday that it has reached a £2.9 million ($3.7 million) settlement agreement with its co-founder and former chief executive over accounting errors that arose from personal loans that he had not disclosed.

  • February 02, 2024

    Deloitte Consultant's Discrimination Claims Had 'No Evidence'

    Deloitte has successfully fought off a barrage of claims from a former senior consultant who resigned, after a tribunal ruled there was no evidence the consultant was constructively dismissed or discriminated against.

  • February 02, 2024

    Lawyer Struck Off Roll Over $14M US Tax Fraud Conviction

    A British lawyer who was convicted in the U.S. over a multimillion-dollar tax fraud was barred from practicing in England on Friday after a tribunal concluded that he was shown to have been dishonest.

  • February 02, 2024

    Lawyers For Subpostmasters Blast Post Office Prosecutors

    Lawyers who prosecuted innocent people on false evidence on behalf of the Post Office put the corporation's interest above their professional obligations, counsel for subpostmasters told the inquiry into the scandal Friday.

  • February 02, 2024

    Playboy Dancer Hired As Solicitor's Assistant Awarded £29K

    A London tribunal has awarded £28,986 (nearly $37,000) to a Playboy casino dancer who was recruited by a consultant solicitor as his assistant and subsequently victimized and underpaid in an "entirely inappropriate" arrangement.

  • February 02, 2024

    Questions Linger Over UK Plans To Resurrect Tribunal Fees

    Plans to reintroduce employment tribunal fees in the U.K. may appear to fix issues with the old regime, but employment lawyers warn they could stifle access to justice and fail to ease pressure on the overloaded system.

  • February 02, 2024

    'Unprecedented' Year Ahead For UK Pension Risk Transfers

    The year ahead is poised to be one of "unprecedented change" for the U.K. pension risk transfer market, a consultancy has said, predicting more competition among insurers and increasing value of deals.

  • February 02, 2024

    EU Watchdog Warns Of High Level Of Pensions Risk Exposure

    The European Union's pensions watchdog has warned that workplace pension schemes are exposed to high risks on market and asset returns, due to highly volatile bond markets. 

  • February 02, 2024

    Injured Grenfell Firefighters Reach £20M Settlement

    More than 100 firefighters who were injured in the Grenfell Tower disaster have reached a £20 million ($25 million) settlement with the London Fire Commissioner, building material makers and a London local authority.

  • February 02, 2024

    Pension Schemes Still Behind On Watchdog Code Prep

    One quarter of defined benefit retirement saving schemes have not yet analyzed how they fall short of the requirements mapped out in the pension watchdog's new code of practice due to take effect next month, WTW said Friday.

  • February 02, 2024

    Quality Of Financial Reporting Still Mixed, Watchdog Says

    The U.K.'s largest private companies still need to improve the quality of their financial reporting, especially for risk management, according to a review by Britain's accounting watchdog.

  • February 01, 2024

    Halfords Manager Wins Case Over African Accent Mockery

    A former manager at auto repair and cycling retailer Halfords has won his claim that his co-worker harassed him because of his race by imitating an African accent.

  • February 01, 2024

    Lawyer Convicted Of Tax Fraud Can't Halt Disciplinary Case

    An English tribunal refused Thursday to throw out a disciplinary case against a lawyer over his conviction for tax fraud in the U.S., rejecting his argument that it couldn't hear his case because he wasn't a registered solicitor at the time.

  • February 01, 2024

    Ex Claims Negligence Over Husband's £110,000 Death Benefit

    A woman has alleged that her ex-husband's employer wrongly denied her a £110,000 ($139,000) payout after he died while working for the business, alleging that it negligently followed old instructions and wrongly gave the money to his children.

  • February 01, 2024

    Labour To Take Forward Mansion House Pension Reforms

    The Labour Party appears likely to continue with the current policy trajectory for pension plans to invest to a greater extent in the U.K. economy if it wins the election, in a move experts said would offer stability to the sector.

  • February 01, 2024

    Gov't To Navigate 'Regulatory Arbitrage' With Superfund Laws

    Any future legislation on so-called pension superfunds will be drafted in a way that ensures that the emerging sector does not have an unfair advantage over insurance companies, the government has said.

  • February 01, 2024

    Payroll Biz Director Can't Challenge £21M VAT Fraud Decision

    A London judge has refused a bid by a director of a defunct payroll services company to overturn a finding that he defrauded the taxpayer of £21 million ($26 million) by under-declaring value-added tax.

  • January 31, 2024

    London Underground Failed To Fund Manager's Hearing Aids

    A London tribunal has ruled that the operator of London Underground Ltd. discriminated against an employee by failing to make reasonable adjustments for his hearing difficulties and refusing to pay for new hearing aids.

  • January 31, 2024

    ECJ Says Lawyer Can Act For Co. Run By Manager In TM Case

    Lawyers can represent a company run by the same manager as their law firm unless there is "specific evidence" to show that the link affects the lawyer's ability to represent the client, the European Union's top court has ruled.

Expert Analysis

  • Trustees Should Take Caution After UK Pension Tap Plan

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    The U.K. government's recent plan to boost technology startups by tapping into pension sector funds may risk the hard-earned savings of members, so trustees need to be mindful of the proposals in light of their fiduciary duties, say Beth Brown and Riccardo Bruno at Arc Pensions.

  • Why Law Firms Should Consider Apprenticeships

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    A recent government briefing shows that young people are increasingly signing up for apprenticeships, a trend that law firms should take advantage of to improve socioeconomic diversity and help to recruit a variety of talent, which can boost employee retention in the long run, says Emma O'Connor at Boyes Turner.

  • The Importance Of A Proactive Approach To Workplace Safety

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    Two recent Crown Court cases regarding gross negligence manslaughter highlight the costs of failing to prioritize safety at work, which should act as a catalyst for companies to review and update their health and safety policies, say lawyers at Fieldfisher.

  • In-Office Policies May Be Solution To UK Skills Shortage

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    Against the backdrop of the U.K. skills shortage, personal engagement with junior lawyers could boost employee commitment, engagement and retention, highlighting that physical presence in the office is valued and vital, says Michael Stokes at Harrison Clark.

  • Why Workplace Menstruation And Menopause Support Matters

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    The British Standards Institution's recent workplace standard on menstruation, menstrual health and menopause marks a new chapter in combating age- and gender-based employment inequalities, and employers play a huge role in facilitating inclusive workplaces to attract, retain and support women of all ages, says Kathleen Riach at Glasgow University.

  • Leadership Development Recommendations For Employers

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    There's a clear need for organizations to rethink the way they develop and implement leadership and development initiatives for employees, because better-equipped leaders will contribute to an overall improvement in organizational culture and business performance, says Louise Lawrence at Winckworth Sherwood.

  • Pension Trustee Case Could Lead To Fossil Fuels Divestment

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    While the recent Court of Appeal case McGaughey v. Universities Superannuation Scheme attempts to link fossil fuel investment by trustees to significant risk of financial detriment, it is concerning that two out of 470,000 scheme members could be permitted to bring a claim without ensuring that other members are represented, says Anna Metadjer at Kingsley Napley.

  • Supporting Employees Dealing With Infertility and Baby Loss

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    With employers facing potential loss of talent due to employees experiencing a lack of support on pregnancy and fertility issues — nearly one-quarter of employees have considered leaving their jobs for this reason, per a recent survey — companies should implement policies to help recognize and support their workers going through such life-changing events, says Helen Burgess at Gateley.

  • AI Act Issues To Watch As EU Legislators Negotiate

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    The EU is working to adopt the world's first comprehensive regulatory framework for artificial intelligence, but the AI Act proposals from the European Commission, Parliament and Council currently differ on law enforcement use of AI, classification of AI systems and related compliance obligations, say Alexander Roussanov and Lazarinka Naydenova at Arnold & Porter.

  • EU Decision Adds To Growing Right Of Access Case Law

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    The European Court of Justice recently confirmed in Pankki S the broad scope of the right to access under the General Data Protection Regulation, including data processed before the regulation came into operation, which may pose a burden in terms of cost and time for organizations with long-standing clients, say Thibaut D'hulst, Dariusz Kloza and Danica Fong at Van Bael & Bellis.

  • Perks And Potential Legal Pitfalls Of Int'l Remote Working

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    In a tight labor market, employers can entice prospective employees with international remote working, but should be aware of key immigration, data protection and tax issues, says Tim Hayes at BDB Pitmans.

  • UK Tribunal Ruling Sheds Light On Workplace Speech Issues

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    The U.K. Employment Appeal Tribunal's recent judgment in Higgs v. Farmor's School — concerning a Christian employee dismissed for allegedly anti-LGBT social media posts — highlights factors that employers should consider in tricky situations involving employees' speech, says Anna Bond at Lewis Silkin.

  • Tackling Global Inflation Is A Challenge For Antitrust Agencies

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    Recent events have put pressure on antitrust agencies to address the global cost-of-living crisis, but the relationship between competition and inflation is complex, and with competition agencies’ reluctance to act as price regulators, enforcement is unlikely to have a meaningful impact, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • Employment Tribunal Data Offers Workplace Practice Insights

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    A breakdown of the Ministry of Justice's recent Employment Tribunal figures shows shifting trends among employees, and potential challenges and possible improvement areas for employers, and if the data continues to be published, it could play an essential part in clearing the fast-growing backlog of tribunal matters, says Gemma Clark at Wright Hassall.

  • Unpacking The Rwanda Policy Appeal Decision

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    The Court of Appeal recently declared the U.K. government's Rwanda policy unlawful in AAA v. Secretary of State, but given that this was only on the basis that Rwanda is not currently a safe third country, it is possible that the real risk of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights breaches will be obviated, says Alex Papasotiriou at Richmond Chambers.

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