Employment UK

  • January 26, 2024

    Head Teacher Wins £190K After Quitting Over Lack Of Support

    An employment tribunal has ordered a school trust to pay a head teacher more than £190,000 ($240,000), after ruling that she was constructively dismissed following a series of fundamental contract breaches.

  • January 26, 2024

    I'm Not Antisemitic, Solicitor In Controversial Tweets Case Says

    A solicitor accused the Solicitors Regulation Authority on Friday of "weaponizing antisemitism" by conflating it with legitimate criticism of Zionism, as he faces a disciplinary case over allegedly abusive tweets about prominent U.K. figures.

  • January 26, 2024

    English Council Job Applicant Loses Whistleblowing Appeal

    An external job applicant has failed to prove that a local English council treated her less favorably during interviews because she blew the whistle on alleged financial irregularities, after an appeal panel ruled that she could not rely on employment protection.

  • January 26, 2024

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

    The past week in London has seen Sainsbury’s Supermarkets face patent proceedings over a specific type of mandarin, Alexander Nix, the former chief of Cambridge Analytica, embroiled in further proceedings with Dynamo Recoveries, the sports management arm of Warner Bros raise a red card against crypto exchange Next Hash, and EY targeted in a libel claim by a consultancy firm. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • January 26, 2024

    Insurers Voice More Criticism Over Gov't Pension Pot Plan

    Government proposals for a lifetime pension provider must not take precedence over existing reforms, an insurance sector trade body has said, as it said the proposed changes were attractive but not the main priority.

  • January 26, 2024

    UK Pension Freedom Overtaxation Bill Nears £1.2B

    The U.K. has had to hand back almost £1.2 billion ($1.5 billion) to Britons who have paid too much tax for withdrawing their pensions because of a glitch in the rules that has yet to be fixed.

  • January 25, 2024

    Prosecutor Tells Inquiry He Trusted Post Office Evidence

    A prosecutor took it "on trust" that information provided to him by Post Office investigators was full and reliable when deciding whether to charge an innocent sub-postmaster, he told the inquiry into the Horizon IT scandal on Thursday.

  • January 25, 2024

    Solicitor Must Face SRA Case Over COVID Letters

    An English solicitor failed at a disciplinary tribunal Thursday to toss a case brought by her regulator before a full hearing on allegations that she sent letters on her firm's headed paper, which said recipients could be legally liable for measures against COVID-19.

  • January 25, 2024

    Banker Sacked Over Bullying Can't Blame Work Stress

    A bank manager who was sacked for telling a junior staffer to "grow the fuck up" has lost his disability discrimination case as a tribunal ruled Thursday that the work stress he blamed the outburst on was not a disability.

  • January 25, 2024

    New Program Funds Social Welfare Legal Trainees

    A legal charity said on Thursday that it has launched a scheme to pay for the salaries of aspiring social welfare solicitors amid recruitment struggles that prevent disadvantaged communities from getting help with their legal problems.

  • January 25, 2024

    Council Didn't Offer Redundant Teacher Alternative Temp Job

    A teacher who was made redundant has won her unfair dismissal claim after a tribunal ruled that her bosses could have offered her a temporary role but passed her over without considering her as a candidate.

  • January 25, 2024

    McKinsey Faces Disability Bias Claim From Job Candidate

    A job candidate has accused McKinsey & Co. Inc. of disability discrimination, claiming that recruiters did not comply with his request to reconsider his rejected application after he disclosed that he had a disability.

  • January 25, 2024

    Pensions Watchdog Shakes Up Trustee Investment Guidance

    The Pensions Regulator has set out new rules for trustees managing investments in riskier equity assets, amid a wider push by the government for the sector to invest in new U.K. enterprises.

  • January 25, 2024

    MPs Quiz Treasury On Pension Superfund Legislation

    The government has been urged to clarify the scope of new legislation likely to be introduced for pension superfunds amid widespread confusion in the sector over regulatory expectations. 

  • January 24, 2024

    Investigator Sues Police Watchdog Over Athlete Probe

    A former inspector at the Independent Office for Police Conduct launched on Wednesday a whistleblowing claim against the watchdog, alleging possible "political interference" in a probe into a stop-and-search of Team GB sprinter Bianca Williams, who is Black.

  • January 24, 2024

    Amazon Hit With €32M Fine Over 'Illegal' Worker Surveillance

    The French Data Protection Authority has slapped tech giant Amazon with a €32 million ($35 million) fine over "illegal" surveillance of staff, including monitoring productivity, break times and the collection of video footage of employees without consent.

  • January 24, 2024

    Gov't Grants To Help Law Firms And Auditors Export Services

    The government said on Wednesday that it has pledged £500,000 ($633,000) in grants for providers of professional services such as law and accounting firms to help them gain a foothold in foreign markets and export their skills.

  • January 24, 2024

    Criticism Of 'Surprising' Gov't One-Pot Pension Proposal Grows

    More pension and insurance companies on Wednesday joined the chorus of voices calling for the government to refocus efforts away from its new lifetime pension provider model, saying focusing on the plan jeopardizes other more necessary retirement savings changes.

  • January 24, 2024

    BT Operator Fired For Alleged Bullying Was Unfairly Let Go

    A hoist operator at a subsidiary of BT has won his unfair dismissal claim, after a tribunal ruled that his bosses reached the wrong conclusions when they fired him for allegedly bullying a coworker without hearing both sides of the story.

  • January 23, 2024

    Gov't Unit OK Not To Adjust Interview For Staffer's Stammer

    An employee has failed to prove that a U.K. government agency overlooked his stammer by failing to make adjustments for it during his interview, with an appeals tribunal ruling on Monday that he didn't make the effect of his disability clear to bosses.

  • January 23, 2024

    Hospital Manager On Review Panel Is A Worker, EAT Rules

    An NHS mental health trust has failed to prove that a lawyer sitting on a review panel was an independent contractor, with an appeal tribunal backing an earlier ruling that a series of individual contracts amounted to an employment relationship.

  • January 23, 2024

    'I Was Only Doing My Job,' Post Office Investigator Tells Probe

    A Post Office investigator involved in two probes against company employees who were wrongly convicted on Horizon computer system evidence told an inquiry into the scandal on Tuesday that he feels no personal responsibility for the miscarriages of justice.

  • January 23, 2024

    UK Inheritance Tax Revenues Rise Amid Speculation Of Cuts

    Inheritance tax revenue reached £5.7 billion ($7.2 billion) from April to December 2023, up from £5.3 billion in the same period in 2022, according to figures from the U.K. tax authority published Tuesday.

  • January 23, 2024

    Gender-Critical Prof Wins Discrimination Case Against Uni

    A gender-critical professor has persuaded an employment tribunal that a university harassed and discriminated against her based on her views before unfairly pushing her to resign.

  • January 23, 2024

    Gov't Warned Lifetime Pension Proposal Is 'Major Distraction'

    Government plans to introduce a lifetime pension provider model represent a "major distraction" from more urgent retirement savings reforms, a consultancy has said, echoing wider concerns in the sector over the proposed shake-up.

Expert Analysis

  • Workplace Neurotech Requires A Balance Of Risk And Reward

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    The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office's recently released a report on neurotech, and while such technologies could unlock a stubbornly low productivity stagnation, they pose employer data compliance questions and potential employee discrimination risks, say Ingrid Hesselbo and Ben Milloy at Fladgate.

  • ITV Scandal Offers Important Considerations On HR Policies

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    The recent resignation of former ITV host Phillip Schofield after admitting to an affair with a younger staff member raises questions on employers' duty of care and highlights the need for not only having the right internal policies in place but also understanding and applying them, says Hina Belitz at Excello Law.

  • What The Italian Whistleblowing Decree Means For Employers

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    The new Italian whistleblowing decree, guidelines to which must be adopted by authorities this week, represents a major milestone in protecting employees by broadening employers' obligations, and it is essential that multinational companies with an interest in Italy verify their compliance with the more stringent requirements, say lawyers at Studio Legale Chiomenti.

  • What TPR's Guidance On DEI Means For Pensions Industry

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    The Pension Regulator is one of the first regulators to issue guidance on equality, diversity and inclusion, and employers and trustees should incorporate its advice by developing policies and monitoring progress to ensure that improvements are made regularly, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • 10 Tips On Drafting A Company Code Of Ethics

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    In light of a recent report that less than 50% of companies on the FTSE 250 and 350 indexes have a code of ethics, it is clear that more organizations should be informed of the reasons for having one, like reducing risk and solidifying commitment to integrity, and how to implement it, says Shiv Haria-Shah at Fieldfisher.

  • Breaking Down Germany's New Whistleblower Protection Act

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    Germany recently passed a whistleblowing law, which will bring new obligations for companies, and businesses with more than 50 employees must now check whether they have adequate reporting lines in place and properly staffed functions to handle whistleblower reports, say Mark Zimmer and Katharina Humphrey at Gibson Dunn.

  • UK Case Shows Risks Of Taking Shortcuts In Fund Payments

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    While the High Court recently reversed a decision in Floreat Investment Management v. Churchill, finding that investors routing funds into their own accounts was not dishonest, the case serves as a cautionary tale on the dangers of directing investment funds other than as contractually provided, say lawyers at Dechert.

  • 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.

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