Employment UK

  • 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.

  • January 22, 2024

    Banker Sacked Over Bullying Claims He 'Just Snapped'

    A bank manager who was sacked for scolding a junior staffer with profanity has sued his employer for disability discrimination, telling a tribunal Monday that he was suffering from depression and "just snapped" under work stress.

  • January 22, 2024

    Brand Manager Wins Claim Over Unfair Redundancy

    A former brand manager at sustainable childrenswear firm Bella & Frank has won her bid in the Employment Tribunal for a declaration that she was unfairly dismissed when the company made her redundant without notice, consultation or a chance to appeal.

  • January 22, 2024

    Broker Predicts UK Pension Deal Market Will Hit £80B In 2024

    The U.K. is likely to see £80 billion ($102 billion) in deals involving pension schemes offloading their liabilities to insurers in 2024, a broker predicted on Monday, saying improved retirement savings funding may make it another record year.

  • January 22, 2024

    Outdoor Education Exec Loses Whistleblowing Claim Appeal

    A whistleblower has failed to prove that her boss at an outdoor education company made her redundant as punishment for alleging he sexually harassed a coworker, with an appeal tribunal ruling he was unaware of her claims at the time.

  • January 22, 2024

    Train Station Worker Partly Wins Unfair Firing Claim

    A former U.K. train company customer service worker has partially won her claim against her former employer after a tribunal ruled she had been unfairly fired for complaining about not being trained to safely use ramps in high winds.

  • January 22, 2024

    Judge Tosses Civil Servants' 'Vexatious' Age Bias Claim

    Twenty civil servants backed by their union have failed to resuscitate claims that provisions in their pension scheme were age discriminatory, after a tribunal ruled that it was vexatious to pursue litigation as another panel had already settled the issue.

  • January 19, 2024

    Fujitsu Knew About IT Issues From The Start, Director Says

    Fujitsu knew of bugs in its Horizon system as far back as 1999, but didn't share that with the courts in legal actions against sub-postmasters, the company's U.K. director told the inquiry into the Post Office scandal on Friday.

  • January 19, 2024

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

    The past week in London has seen a bankrupt English local council bring a construction claim against property maintenance company Axis, a Cypriot cheese trade protection body appeal a UK IPO decision granting trademark registration for "Grilloumi" and employees of supermarket giant Morrison’s shop around for compensation in a claim over equal pay. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • January 19, 2024

    Rugby Players Win Redundancy Payouts From Defunct Clubs

    More than 150 former London Irish, Worcester Warriors and Wasps rugby players and staff have won redundancy payouts after the Employment Tribunal ruled that the clubs failed to consult players and workers about mass layoffs as the clubs collapsed.

  • January 19, 2024

    FCA Able To Insist On Office Work In Manager's Claim

    The Financial Conduct Authority has beaten a manager's bid to continue working full-time remotely, as the Employment Tribunal ruled that the regulator "clearly established" that her performance would suffer — even though she had been doing so successfully for more than two years.

  • January 19, 2024

    Pension Surplus Rules Could Bring Change For Deals Market

    The pensions deal market could be reshaped this year by changes to how companies are able to use surpluses from their savings plans, consultancy Mercer Ltd. has said.

  • January 19, 2024

    Gov't Urged To Rethink 'Pot For Life' Pension Reforms

    The government has been urged to reconsider its plan to introduce a retirement savings "pot for life" for workers, as finance experts said on Friday the reforms are the wrong measures introduced at the wrong time.

  • January 19, 2024

    Sexual Misconduct Crackdown In Legal Profession Ramps Up

    Six years after the #MeToo movement prompted a worldwide reckoning over sexual harassment, the legal industry's regulators are taking greater enforcement action. Law360 looks here at how the sector is tackling the problem in the workplace.

  • January 18, 2024

    Analyst In Zoom Call Exposure Case Beats Evidence Appeal

    A City analyst alleged to have deliberately showed a colleague his underwear on a Zoom call defeated an appeal against his wrongful dismissal claim on Thursday, with a tribunal rejecting his former employer's argument the burden of proof was too high.

  • January 18, 2024

    ECJ Says EU Workers Can Get Holiday Pay After Resignation

    The European Union's highest court ruled on Thursday that workers who have resigned can convert their unused paid annual leave into a lump sum if their failure to go on holiday was not under their control.

  • January 18, 2024

    Advisers See Rising Demand After Pension Tax Reforms

    Almost half of U.K. financial firms offering retirement advice have seen demand for retirement planning rise as a result of changes to the pension tax allowance, according to research published Thursday.

  • January 18, 2024

    Pensions Body Warns UK Gov't Over 'Pot For Life' Reforms

    The U.K. government's proposed fix for the spiraling number of small pension pots in existence risks creating "more problems than it solves," retirement savings experts warned on Thursday.

  • January 18, 2024

    Depressed Broker Forced To Quit Due To Unfair Treatment

    A manager at an insurance broker was constructively dismissed and discriminated against because of her depression and anxiety, a tribunal has ruled, finding that bosses no longer valued her after a mental health absence.

  • January 18, 2024

    Life Insurers Likely To Pass On Interest, Fitch Says

    Fitch Ratings has said it expects U.K. life insurers will pass on the interest they earn from customer cash balances instead of banking it to avoid harm to their reputations and being named and shamed by the Financial Conduct Authority.

  • January 17, 2024

    Ex-Forex Trader's Doc-Hiding Claim Against Lloyds Tossed

    A former forex trader has failed in his bid to pursue Lloyds Bank for allegedly suppressing evidence when it fought his whistleblowing claim, with a London tribunal judge ruling Wednesday that he used the wrong legal procedure.

  • January 17, 2024

    Teacher Fired For Alleging Racism At Work Wins Bias Case

    A Black teacher in Manchester was unfairly dismissed for submitting a counter grievance saying colleagues were uncomfortable with her race, the Employment Tribunal has ruled, saying her dismissal hearing was botched.

  • January 17, 2024

    FCA Probes Banks, Insurers For Non-Financial Misconduct

    Financial Conduct Authority executives told MPs at a parliamentary hearing on the "Sexism and the City" inquiry on Wednesday that the regulator has started an investigation into how banks and insurers deal with non-financial misconduct, amid evidence that firms are not acting against known offenders.

  • January 17, 2024

    Driver Loses Appeal After Racial Abuse Blackmail Attempt

    A forklift driver for a printing business has lost an appeal against his discrimination claim after he tried to use a false claim of racial abuse to pressure his managers into giving him a pay rise.

Expert Analysis

  • Tips On Implementing Menopause Support Policies At Work

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    1 in 10 women have left a job due to menopausal symptoms, highlighting that employers must find ways to support and retain affected employees, especially amid the growing drive to boost the numbers of older people in the workforce and oft-cited war for talent, say Ellie Gelder and Kelly Thomson at RPC.

  • Changes In Employment That May Affect Sponsor Licenses

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    With economic conditions prompting changes that expose businesses to additional immigration compliance risks, and the U.K. Home Office increasing its enforcement activities regarding employment, employers should be alert to the potential implications, say attorneys at Lewis Silkin.

  • How The LDI Crisis May Lead To Pensions' Negligence Claims

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    Following the liability-driven investment crisis and its impact on pension schemes, employers and trustees may now be considering if anyone is to blame for any losses arising, say Rachael Healey and Andrew Oberholzer at RPC.

  • Immersive Tech And The Risks It Poses For Employers

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    While augmented reality and virtual reality technologies can promote efficiency and cost savings, there is a risk of significant health implications for employees, and businesses should be aware of the legal and regulatory risks that need to be managed, say Olivia Sinfield and Dan Charie at Osborne Clarke.

  • How SRA Workplace Culture Guidance May Help Legal Sector

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    Whether or not the Solicitors Regulation Authority acts on its recently released guidance on toxic workplace environments in law firms and imposes harsh sanctions, it will hopefully encourage some positive top-down changes, and should give individuals confidence to demand acceptable behavior, says Georgina Calvert-Lee at Bellevue Law.

  • Examining Quotas And Positive Discrimination In Employment

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    The U.K. differs from most other European jurisdictions, where it is lawful to take positive action but not positive discrimination, but since current legislation requires the U.K. to keep up with EU levels of employment protection, the government may decide to amend national law to keep pace with the EU, say Ranjit Dhindsa and Richard Branson at Fieldfisher.

  • The UK's Pursuit Of Simplified Holiday Leave Calculations

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    The British government's recent proposed amendments to the Working Time Regulations, which simplify statutory holiday entitlement calculations for part-year workers, demonstrate an intent to mitigate the confusing implications of the U.K. Supreme Court's 2022 ruling in Harpur Trust v. Brazel, but more clarity may be needed, say Josie Beal and Megan Simpkins at Birketts.

  • 5 Things To Know Before An Internal Investigation In France

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    The cadence of internal investigations is picking up in France, and the cultural expectations and legal constraints in these procedures are apt to surprise those from common law traditions, says Johanna Schwartz Miralles at Delcade.

  • Danske Bank Deal Offers Corporate Compensation Warning

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    The recent Danske Bank settlement opens doors for aggressive prosecution of fraud committed against U.S. banks that maintain correspondent relationships and instructs companies to implement compensation systems restricting executive bonuses in response to misconduct, say Michael Volkov and Alexander Cotoia at The Volkov Law Group.

  • How Apprenticeships Are Transforming The Legal Sector

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    As more legal employers recognize the benefits of creating apprenticeship opportunities, they are likely to grow in popularity, ensuring that the best and brightest minds are available to meet the challenges of an ever complex and changing legal environment, says Aisha Saeed at Addleshaw Goddard.

  • Lacoste Flexible Working Ruling Acts As Alert To Employers

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    In light of the U.K. Employment Appeal Tribunal decision in Glover v. Lacoste and the government’s commitment to make flexible working requests an employment right, employers are well advised to ensure that those handling the requests receive training on the process and the risk of indirect discrimination, says Amanda Steadman at BDBF.

  • A Breakdown Of The SRA's Proposed New Fining Powers

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    Thanks to the Solicitors Regulation Authority's pending new fining framework, which includes guidance on unsuitable fines and a fixed penalties scheme for low-level breaches, firms can expect to see more disciplinary findings leading to an SRA fine rather than referral to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, say Graham Reid and Shanice Holder at RPC.

  • Problems With New UK 'Working Patterns' Bill Are Predictable

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    While the worthy intentions of the new Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Bill are not in question, in not defining "predictable" it has a yawning vacuum at its heart, and given the enormous potential for claims something more specific is surely required, says David Whincup at Squire Patton.

  • Court Of Appeal Charts Path For COVID Dismissal Claims

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    The Court of Appeal's first COVID-19-related health and safety dismissal decision reassures employers that they can defend claims if they demonstrate they took steps to reduce the risk of infection, or any other type of workplace health and safety risk, in a clear and practical way, says Kathryn Clapp at Taylor Wessing.

  • Lessons To Be Learned From Twitter's Latest Hacking Scandal

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    Following the report of a recent data breach at Twitter, it is clearly vital for companies to adhere to best practices in data protection and IT security arrangements, including technical measures, and proper processes and procedures that mitigate risk and provide adequate training for staff, says Simon Ridding at Keller Postman.

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