Employment UK

  • May 20, 2024

    Watchdog Finds Pensions Minister Broke Rules On Expenses

    Paul Maynard, the pensions minister, broke parliamentary rules on expenses when he failed to properly manage the use of his taxpayer-funded office for political campaigning, a standards body has ruled.

  • May 20, 2024

    Property Manager Refused Sick Days Wins £31K

    A letting agency must pay a former employee £31,000 ($39,361) for unlawfully firing her after an employment tribunal found the chief executive refused to allow sick days and remote working for her endometriosis.

  • May 20, 2024

    Tribunal OK To Halt Sea Captain's Case Ahead Of Court Ruling

    A tribunal did not misstep by pausing a ship captain's claim against his ex-employer while awaiting a ruling from a court on his ability to bring the case in England, an appeals judge has ruled.

  • May 20, 2024

    Pension Funds Under-Investing In UK Assets, Minister Warns

    Pension schemes are not investing enough in Britain, a Treasury minister has warned, adding that the government will consider what "further action" is necessary to stimulate the capital injection that lawmakers want for the economy.

  • May 17, 2024

    Law Firm Beats Temp Receptionist's Discrimination Claims

    A law firm in southern England fended off several disability discrimination and harassment claims from a temporary receptionist, after an employment tribunal ruled she wasn't legally disabled.

  • May 17, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen a wave of claims filed against Verity Trustees Ltd., Harley-Davidson hit retailer Next with an intellectual property claim, Turkish e-commerce entrepreneur Demet Mutlu sue her ex-husband and Trendyol co-founder Evren Üçok and the Solicitors Regulation Authority file a claim against the former boss of collapsed law firm Axiom. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 17, 2024

    Pensioners Lose £80M In Credit Over Submission Errors

    The Department for Work and Pensions has said that retirees lost out on £80 million ($102 million) in payments to help top up their weekly income to a minimum level because they submitted inaccurate information about themselves in the last financial year.

  • May 17, 2024

    Unite, GMB Unions Lose Pay Claim Against Housing Co.

    More than 100 trade union members at a housing association have lost their employment tribunal claim accusing their employer of ducking out of pay negotiations after the tribunal found the charity did not intend to "narrow" the negotiations.

  • May 17, 2024

    Risk For Employers As Bar For Protected Belief Claims Shifts

    Employees face a low bar to gaining legal protection for objectionable views, as lawyers say it has become almost impossible for employers to distinguish philosophical beliefs akin to religion from politicized public debates.

  • May 17, 2024

    Exec Was Fired Because His Wife Had Cancer, Tribunal Rules

    The head of sales for a Hong Kong software company has won more than £90,000 ($114,000) after he was fired because his wife had terminal breast cancer.

  • May 17, 2024

    Disabled NHS Therapist Loses Forced Resignation Claim

    A therapist has lost all her claims against an NHS trust after an employment tribunal ruled that her bosses had done their best to accommodate her disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • May 17, 2024

    Post Office Used Womble Bond To Avoid Looking Like 'Bullies'

    The Post Office retained Womble Bond Dickinson in a civil case brought by victims of the Horizon scandal because a more aggressive law firm might make it look like "bullies," an executive for the organization told an inquiry Friday.

  • May 17, 2024

    Translation Lecturer At SOAS Loses Race Discrimination Case

    A professor has lost her claim for racial discrimination and harassment against her London university, as a tribunal found that a colleague speaking with her about a Japanese restaurant was not being detrimental and that the exchange did not constitute discrimination.

  • May 16, 2024

    Post Office's Ex-IT Head Says She Blocked Ex-CEO Requests

    The Post Office's former head of information technology said she blocked phone communication from former chief executive Paula Vennells after Vennells contacted her for help to "avoid an independent inquiry" into the wrongful prosecutions of sub-postmasters, according to a document made public in the probe Thursday.

  • May 16, 2024

    Tesco Warehouse Staff Lose 'Hopeless' Claims Against Union

    A trade union successfully struck out negligence and breach of duty claims brought against it by two Tesco warehouse workers over a preceding collective agreement, after a London court ruled that they had "no real prospect of succeeding."

  • May 16, 2024

    TM Liability Ruling A 'Get Out Of Jail Free Card' For Execs

    A ruling by Britain's highest court puts the burden on brand owners to prove that executives at the company knew about any alleged trademark infringement from their business to be sued. This landmark ruling is likely to impede brand owners who are looking to enforce their intellectual property.

  • May 16, 2024

    Pension Scheme Profit Warnings Ease In First Quarter

    The number of profit warnings issued by U.K.-listed companies with defined benefit pension schemes fell to 18 in the first quarter of this year, compared to 22 in the last three months of 2023, according to research published on Thursday by EY-Parthenon.

  • May 16, 2024

    NCA Says Uyghur Cotton Probe Would Soon Unravel

    The National Crime Agency defended on Thursday its decision to refuse to investigate imported cotton produced in a Chinese province with forced labor, telling an appeals court that it would be kneecapped by the difficulty of separating legal goods from criminal property.

  • May 16, 2024

    MPs Call For Redress Program For State Pension Errors

    Lawmakers have urged the government to draw up plans by this summer for a redress scheme for retirement-age women who were short-changed on their state pensions.

  • May 16, 2024

    No Docs Due To 6,000 Tesco Workers In Equal Pay Case

    Thousands of Tesco workers lost their appeal on Thursday for correspondence between the supermarket and other equal pay claimants.

  • May 16, 2024

    Average Pension Pot Value Plummets 66% Since 2012

    The average value of a defined contribution retirement savings pot has plunged by 66% in just over a decade, official figures revealed Thursday, as experts warned there was a risk of employers becoming stingier with pension benefits.

  • May 16, 2024

    M&G Accounts Manager Wins £13K Over Resignation Dispute

    An accounts manager at M&G PLC has won more than £13,000 ($16,500) after an employment tribunal found that the company wrongly refused to let him see out his 12-week notice period while on garden leave.

  • May 15, 2024

    800 Drivers Join Minimum Wage Claim Against Used Car Biz

    More than 800 drivers have joined the legal battle against a secondhand car dealer to be classified as "workers," in a bid for minimum wage and paid holidays, the law firm steering the action said on Thursday.

  • May 15, 2024

    Taxpayers Let Down By HMRC Digital Service, Says Watchdog

    HM Revenue and Customs has let down taxpayers by failing to deliver better online services, according to a report published on Wednesday by the public spending watchdog.

  • May 15, 2024

    Uyghur Group Fights To Revive Bid For Chinese Cotton Probe

    Campaigners for the Uyghurs told an appellate court Wednesday that Britain was wrong to refuse to launch a broad investigation into imported cotton produced in China with forced labor rather than specific shipments, arguing that the decision could create a market for criminal property.

Expert Analysis

  • Employer Lessons From Ruling On Prof's Anti-Zionist Views

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    In Miller v. University of Bristol, an employment tribunal recently ruled that a professor's anti-Zionist beliefs were protected by the Equality Act 2010, highlighting for employers why it’s important to carefully consider disciplinary actions related to an employee's political expressions, says Hina Belitz at Excello Law.

  • ECJ Ruling Clarifies Lawyer Independence Questions

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    The European Court of Justice's recent ruling in Bonnanwalt v. EU Intellectual Property Office, finding that a law firm had maintained independence despite being owned by its client, serves as a pivotal reference point to understanding the contours of legal representation before EU courts, say James Tumbridge and Benedict Sharrock-Harris at Venner Shipley.

  • How Employers Should Respond To Flexible Work Requests

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    U.K. employees will soon have the right to request flexible working arrangements from the first day of employment, including for religious observances, and refusing them without objective justification could expose employers to indirect discrimination claims and hurt companies’ diversity and inclusion efforts, says Jim Moore at Hamilton Nash.

  • What COVID Payout Ruling Means For Lockdown Loss Claims

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    While the High Court's recent COVID-19 payout decision in Gatwick v. Liberty Mutual, holding that pandemic-related regulations trigger prevention of access clauses, will likely lead to insurers accepting more business interruption claims, there are still evidentiary challenges and issues regarding policy limits and furlough, say Josianne El Antoury and Greg Lascelles at Covington.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • Crypto As A Coin Of The Corporate Realm: The Pros And Cons

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    The broadened range of crypto-assets opens up new possibilities for employers looking to recruit, incentivize and retain employees through the use of crypto, but certain risks must be addressed, say Dan Sharman and Sunny Mangatt at Shoosmiths.

  • Employer Tips For Handling Data Subject Access Requests

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    As employers face numerous employee data-subject access requests — and the attendant risks of complaints to the Information Commissioner's Office — issues such as managing deadlines and sifting through data make compliance more difficult, highlighting the importance of efficient internal processes and clear communication when responding to a request, say Gwynneth Tan and Amy Leech at Shoosmiths.

  • Employer Tips For Navigating The Growing 'Workcation' Trend

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    While the trend of working remotely from a holiday property may be attractive to workers, employers must set clear guidelines to help employees successfully combine work and leisure without implicating legal risks or compromising business efficacy, says Amy Leech at Shoosmiths.

  • Opinion

    UK Whistleblowers Flock To The US For Good Reason

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    The U.K. Serious Fraud Office director recently brought renewed attention to the differences between the U.K. and U.S. whistleblower regimes — differences that may make reporting to U.S. agencies a better and safer option for U.K. whistleblowers, and show why U.K. whistleblower laws need to be improved, say Benjamin Calitri and Kate Reeves at Kohn Kohn.

  • No-Poach Agreements Face Greater EU Antitrust Scrutiny

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    EU competition authorities are increasingly viewing employer no-poach agreements as anti-competitive and an enforcement priority, demonstrating that such provisions are no longer without risk in Europe, and proving the importance of understanding EU antitrust law concerns and implications, says Robert Hardy at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Water Special Administration Changes May Affect Creditors

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    Following the publication of new legislation, changes are afoot to the U.K. government's statutory regime governing special administrations for regulated water companies — and one consequence may be that some creditors of such companies will find themselves in a more uncertain position, say Helena Clarke and Charlotte Møller at Squire Patton.

  • Opinion

    Labour Should Reconsider Its Discrimination Law Plans

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    While the Labour Party's recent proposals allowing equal pay claims based on ethnicity and disability, and introducing dual discrimination, have laudable intentions and bring some advantages, they are not the right path forward as the changes complicate the discrimination claim process for employees, say Colin Leckey and Tarun Tawakley at Lewis Silkin.

  • Tracing The History Of LGBTQ+ Rights In The Workplace

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    Pride History month is a timely reminder of how recent developments have shaped LGBTQ+ employees' rights in the workplace today, and what employers can do to ensure that employees are protected from discrimination, including creating safe workplace cultures and promoting allyship, say Caitlin Farrar and Jessica Bennett at Farrer.

  • Ruling In FCA Case Offers Tips On Flexible Work Requests

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    In Wilson v. Financial Conduct Authority, the Employment Tribunal recently found that the regulator's rejection of a remote work request was justified, highlighting for employers factors that affect flexible work request outcomes, while emphasizing that individual inquiries should be considered on the specific facts, say Frances Rollin, Ella Tunnell and Kerry Garcia at Stevens & Bolton.

  • Breaking Down The New UK Pension Funding Regs

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    Recently published U.K. pension regulations, proposing major changes to funding and investing in defined benefit pension schemes, raise implementation considerations for trustees, including the importance of the employer covenant, say Charles Magoffin and Elizabeth Bullock at Freshfields.

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