Employment UK

  • January 15, 2024

    UK Pension Compensation Rises As Gilt Yields Fall

    Compensation due to those wrongly advised to transfer out of their defined benefit pension has risen for the first time in two years, actuarial consultancy OAC said on Monday, as yields on government bonds fell over the latter stages of 2023.

  • January 12, 2024

    Whistleblower Penalized For Illegal Deal Warnings Wins £190K

    A tribunal has ordered a medical consultancy to pay its former director £190,000 ($242,000) after it pushed him to quit in response to him blowing the whistle on his manager's unlawful involvement in commercial deals.

  • January 12, 2024

    Barclays VP Loses Reinstatement Bid In Whistleblowing Claim

    A tribunal has refused to order Barclays to reinstate a former assistant vice president who claims he was sacked for bringing a racial discrimination case alongside two other bank employees.

  • January 12, 2024

    Post Office Gave 'Misleading' Info To Inquiry, Lawyer Admits

    A lawyer for the Post Office conceded Friday that the organization had submitted "misleading and inaccurate" information to the inquiry into the Horizon scandal, as he gave evidence to the probe into the miscarriage of justice.

  • January 12, 2024

    MPs To Quiz Gov't, Regulator Chiefs In City Sexism Probe

    Government ministers and senior regulators will face questions from lawmakers as part of a larger parliamentary probe into whether enough is being done to root out sexism and misogyny in the financial services sector.

  • January 12, 2024

    Tribunal Says LGBT Coworker Outed At Work Wasn't Harassed

    A carer has failed to prove she was harassed by a colleague who outed her as a lesbian at work, after an Employment Tribunal ruled that it was objectively unreasonable for the openly gay employee to feel that her dignity was violated.

  • January 12, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen Lawrence Kurt Solicitors involved in a professional negligence claim from housing association Midlands Living, soft-drinks producer Britvic file intellectual property proceedings against Blue Ice Machines, and proceedings against three individuals filed by Iran's state-owned oil and gas company. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • January 12, 2024

    J&J Unit Racially Profiled Staffer Based On 'Nigerian Culture'

    A tribunal has ruled that the U.K. arm of Johnson & Johnson discriminated against a Nigerian senior manager by using an alleged "racial profiling document" to highlight perceived differences in her working culture.

  • January 11, 2024

    Ex-Lingerie Boss Denies Blame For Negligent Lease

    A former director of Agent Provocateur has denied making a unilateral decision to lease space in a designer shopping outlet that traded with losses of £917,000 ($1.16 million), claiming it was commercially justified to reduce the lingerie company's excess stock.

  • January 11, 2024

    Payout For Policewoman Forced To Strip Boosted To £800K

    A tribunal has hiked a female police officer's award to more than £800,000 ($1 million), her lawyer said, after finding she experienced sex-based harassment and discrimination that led to her being medically retired from the force.

  • January 11, 2024

    Post Office Investigator Says Law Firm Wrote Horizon Defense

    A Post Office investigator said on Thursday that a statement he gave to a court defending the integrity of the IT system which led to hundreds of wrongful prosecutions was drafted by external lawyers, as the inquiry into the miscarriage of justice resumed.

  • January 11, 2024

    Plan To Quash Post Office Convictions Oversteps Gov't Role

    A government plan to introduce legislation exonerating sub-postmasters wrongly convicted in the Post Office scandal is getting wide-spread support. But experts tell Law360 that people need to think about wider constitutional issues.

  • January 11, 2024

    Clarity On State Pension Needed Before Election, Aegon Says

    Politicians from all parties in the U.K. must clarify their plans for the state pension and other retirement savings commitments ahead of the general election due later this year, Aegon's pensions director said Thursday, amid official figures highlighting Britain's aging population.

  • January 11, 2024

    Ex-Exec Must Pay IT Biz £20K After Losing Sham Firing Claim

    A tribunal has ordered a former director of a finance technology company to pay the firm £20,000 ($25,000) to help cover the legal costs of fighting his "fundamentally weak" and "misconceived" claim that he was sacked for raising unfounded fraud concerns.

  • January 11, 2024

    Clyde & Co., Ex-Partner Fined £510K For Breach Of AML Rules

    A tribunal slapped Clyde & Co. LLP and a former partner with a combined fine of more than £510,000 ($650,000) on Thursday for failing to ensure that a client was not laundering money, the biggest penalty handed out for an AML breach.

  • January 11, 2024

    Pension Watchdog Says Data Rules Might Need Changing

    The Pensions Regulator said that legislative change may be needed to prevent pension schemes from falling foul of privacy laws in communications with their members.

  • January 11, 2024

    Cyber Expert Can't Ax BoE Defense To Whistleblowing Claim

    A former Bank of England cybersecurity expert lost his last-minute bid to strike out the central bank's defense to his age discrimination and whistleblowing claim because of the late disclosure of evidence on Thursday, days before the case is due to begin.

  • January 11, 2024

    Tweeting Barrister Can't Sue Chambers Over Expulsion

    An appeals tribunal has ruled that a barrister cannot get an extension to bring a £3 million ($3.8 million) discrimination claim against his former chambers that expelled him for a controversial social media post.

  • January 10, 2024

    Ex-HSBC Banker Says Boss Was 'Hangman' In Software Row

    A former HSBC risk manager said at a London tribunal on Wednesday that his superior at the banking giant became his metaphorical "hangman" after managers decided to fire him using false justifications.

  • January 10, 2024

    Podcaster, Investor Settle £15M Claim Over Executive's Exit

    The founder of a podcast company has settled a claim by a British investment company alleging he concealed the departure of one of the directors — despite the importance of his continued presence within the company as a condition for investment.

  • January 10, 2024

    Lawyer's Whistleblowing On Sanctions Was Legal Advice

    A French-qualified lawyer who says she was fired after blowing the whistle on a company's plans to circumvent Russian sanctions has lost an employment claim after a judge said her disclosures came from legal advice.

  • January 10, 2024

    600 Garage Workers To Sue After Jobs Lost In Service Change

    A British union has said it plans to sue two fleet management firms on behalf of around 600 employees who were made redundant, claiming that the companies breached their obligations under the U.K.'s transfer of undertaking rules.

  • January 10, 2024

    Pensions Watchdog Staff Resume Strike Action Over Pay

    Workers at the U.K. pensions watchdog started 12 days of strikes on Wednesday after negotiations failed to produce a settlement over pay demands, their union said.

  • January 10, 2024

    Lloyds Worker Fired For Using Racial Slur Wins £470K

    A tribunal has ordered Lloyds Banking Group PLC to pay a former senior employee more than £470,000 ($598,000) after concluding that the lender unfairly fired him for using a racial slur during an online training session.

  • January 10, 2024

    Ex-Clyde & Co. Partner Says Firm Ducked Fault For AML Breach

    A former Clyde & Co. LLP partner Wednesday told a tribunal the law firm is trying to shirk its own responsibility in failing to ensure a client was not laundering money, as he urged the body to show leniency in its sanction for professional misconduct.

Expert Analysis

  • Key Takeaways From New SRA Sexual Misconduct Guidance

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    It is clear from the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s new sexual misconduct guidance that individuals need to adopt the highest standards of conduct in their professional and personal lives, and firms have a key role in both setting and implementing those standards to create a diverse and inclusive culture, says Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

  • Digital Nomads: Key Considerations For Global Businesses

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    As employers and employees embrace remote, location-independent work arrangements enabled by technology, they must be mindful of the employment law and tax consequences such arrangements may trigger, say Hannah Wilkins and Audrey Elliott at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • German Labor Court Takes Surprising Stance On Disclosure

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    A German labor court's recent ruling regarding an employer's disclosure of the number and names of employees identified as "severely disabled" will surprise practitioners in the data protection and diversity spaces, who may question the justification for aspects of the decision, say Hannah Disselbeck and Marco Hermann at Fieldfisher.

  • A Look At The Increase In Employee Ownership Trusts

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    The rise in employee ownership trusts has brought certain challenges, but with tax advantages and a proven positive impact on individuals, businesses and regional economies, employee buyouts are set to become more popular and could outstrip mainstream deal activity, says ​​​​​​​Lisa Hayward at Birketts.

  • Employment Ruling Takes A New Look At Settlement Waivers

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    The recent Scottish Employment Appeal Tribunal decision in Bathgate v. Technip U.K. demonstrates that a waiver in a settlement agreement must relate expressly to the circumstances of the individual case, and that it is no longer possible to dismiss a prospective claim simply by including a reference to unfair dismissal or the Equality Act 2010, says David Whincup at Squire Patton.

  • Series

    My Favorite Law Prof: How I Learned To Argue Open-Mindedly

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    Queens College President Frank Wu reflects on how Yale Kamisar’s teaching and guidance at the University of Michigan Law School emphasized a capacity to engage with alternative worldviews and the importance of the ability to argue for both sides of a debate.

  • Employment Ruling Shows Value Of Dismissal Alternatives

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    The recent Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling in Department of Work and Pensions v. Boyers demonstrates that employers should ensure that alternatives have been properly considered before dismissing a disabled employee, since it can be difficult to show that a proportionate approach has been taken in the decision-making process, say Asten Hawkes and Larissa Hawkins at BDB Pitmans.

  • How Proposed Forced Labor Product Ban Affects Biz With EU

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    The European Commission's recently proposed regulation banning products made with forced labor in the European Union highlights the importance for multinational companies to enhance their human rights due diligence programs to meet fast-evolving standards and requirements of doing business in the region, say Sarah Bishop and Paul Mertenskötter at Covington.

  • FCA Pension Scheme Case Highlights Issues Ripe For Reform

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    The Financial Conduct Authority's response to the British Steel Pension Scheme case exposed wider issues within its regulatory approach and could demonstrate the need for industrywide reforms to minimize the risks with transferring out of a pension scheme, say Oliver Reece and Larisa Gordan at PwC.

  • Holiday Entitlement Ruling May Affect Employer Practices

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    Following the recent decision of Harpur Trust v. Brazel, employers may want to consider some practical options and review their processes to ensure that workers with irregular hours receive their paid holiday entitlement, say Alex Fisher and Anna West at Travers Smith.

  • How The Rise Of Brand Activism Is Affecting Employment Law

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    As the choice of employer and its values is increasingly seen as an extension of an employee's personal brand, a number of employment law issues come to the fore, including employers' rights to restrict their employees' behaviors and employees' rights to express their own views, says James Davies at Lewis Silkin.

  • Changes The New UK PM May Bring To Workers' Rights

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    U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss is considering the removal of a significant number of EU regulations, which could lead to a reduction in rights for workers such as equal pay and holiday pay, arguably going against the principles of the U.K.-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, say Sean Nesbitt and Anneliese Amoah at Taylor Wessing.

  • What New French Whistleblower Law Means For Companies

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    A French law that recently entered into force broadens the definition of whistleblower and simplifies the reporting process, creating a new system that offers added protection but may well increase the number of reports made to authorities, say Alexandre Bisch and Fanny Gauthier at Debevoise.

  • Why Risk-Based Employee Conduct Policies Are Advisable

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    In establishing employee conduct policies, companies should consider the extent to which they are exposed to certain types of risk, such as bribery and corruption, as establishing clear written standards offers a step toward avoiding criminal liability, says Steve Melrose at Bellevue Law.

  • Steps Businesses Can Take To Mitigate AI Discrimination Bias

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    There are risks that artificial intelligence systems can result in actionable discrimination in recruitment and employment processes, and to mitigate bias businesses should ensure there is informed human involvement, putting in place suitable policy frameworks to reflect their values and positions on diversity, says David Lorimer at Fieldfisher.

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