Employment UK

  • April 01, 2024

    Autonomy Paid Whistleblower $750K Over Firing, Jury Told

    Autonomy's former U.S. chief financial officer testified Monday in the California criminal fraud trial of ex-CEO Michael Lynch that he was fired after blowing the whistle to British regulators about accounting irregularities, and revealed that Autonomy later paid him $750,000 to resolve his wrongful termination claims.

  • March 28, 2024

    Security Guard Wins £84K Over Harassment, Discrimination

    A security guard has won £84,000 ($106,147) in compensation after proving several claims of discrimination and harassment based on sex, race and disability, after a tribunal said the security firm that employed her paid "scant regard" to the Equality Act.

  • March 28, 2024

    Taylor Wimpey Unfairly Dismissed Trainee With Muscle Issue

    Taylor Wimpey discriminated against a former management trainee with a muscle wasting condition after failing to make reasonable adjustments to support his training and dismissing him out of the blue, an employment tribunal in Scotland has ruled.

  • March 28, 2024

    Truck Co. Sues Ex-Boss For £216K Over Tax Dodge Scheme

    A British truck dealership is suing its former managing director for more than £216,000 ($273,000), alleging that he left the company liable for a huge back tax bill by setting up a fraudulent salary sacrifice scheme to rent a house.

  • March 28, 2024

    'Gender Critical' College Teacher Loses Unfair Dismissal Case

    A school did not discriminate against a teacher based on his "gender critical" beliefs when it axed him for refusing to refer to a student using their preferred name and pronouns, a tribunal has ruled.

  • March 28, 2024

    Pension Watchdog Returns £3.5M To Troubled Scheme

    The U.K.'s pension watchdog has recovered £3.5 million ($4.4 million) from an engineering business for its beleaguered staff benefits plan.

  • March 28, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen investors target fraudsters who ran a fake film tax scheme, Barclays Bank sue privately owned Russian bank PJSC Sovcombank, easyGroup bring a trademark infringement claim against online casino TGI Entertainment for its "easybet" word sign, and a bioethanol fuel company hit high-profile individuals connected to the collapsed Elysian Fuels scheme. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 28, 2024

    New Pension General Code Comes Into Force

    A tough new governance regime for pension trustees has been introduced, in what experts say is a significant step in driving up standards for the sector.

  • March 28, 2024

    UK To Nullify NDAs That Stop People Reporting Crimes

    Non-disclosure agreements that prevent victims from reporting potential crimes are to become unenforceable, the government said Thursday as it announced plans to "clarify" the law governing the controversial contracts.

  • March 27, 2024

    Increase Sick Pay And Offer It To All Workers, MPs Say

    Statutory sick pay is falling short of its role as a safety net and should be increased to match minimum maternity pay, MPs said Thursday in a report calling for major reforms to the entitlement.

  • March 27, 2024

    Hospital Unfairly Fired Worker Accused Of Rape

    A hospital in Devon unlawfully sacked a clinical manager while police investigated him over allegations of rape made by a younger colleague, an employment tribunal has found.

  • March 27, 2024

    Sony Faces £750K Equal Pay Claim From Female Accountant

    A former PlayStation accountant is suing Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Ltd. for around £750,000 ($946,000), claiming that the company paid her half the salary of her male colleague and sacked her for bringing her case to a tribunal.

  • March 27, 2024

    BoE Says Action On LDI Has Boosted Financial Stability

    The U.K.'s financial stability watchdog said Wednesday that measures introduced in the wake of the pension fund crisis 18 months ago have bolstered resilience to further shocks.

  • March 27, 2024

    Ex-Deloitte Lawyer Cleared Of Sexual Misconduct Claims

    A former Deloitte solicitor was cleared by a disciplinary tribunal on Wednesday of charges that he violated professional standards and committed sexual misconduct by allegedly deliberately kissing a junior colleague on the lips at a work event.

  • March 27, 2024

    Shoosmiths, CMS, HSF Guide £510M Pension Deal For Next

    High street clothing retailer Next PLC has offloaded £510 million ($643 million) of its retirement scheme liabilities to Pension Insurance Corp. PLC, in a deal steered by law firms Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Shoosmiths LLP and CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP.

  • March 27, 2024

    Uber Settles Racist AI Accusations With Driver

    An Uber Eats driver has won a payout after alleging that facial recognition features on the app were discriminating against his darker skin tone and preventing him from getting work, according to Britain's equality watchdog.

  • March 26, 2024

    Ex-Travel Exec Partially Wins Appeal Over Sexual Comments

    An appellate judge ruled Monday that an employment tribunal was wrong to draw conclusions about sexual harassment allegations against the former head of PR at a travel and tourism trade body when assessing his claims for unfair dismissal and whistleblowing.

  • March 26, 2024

    Ex-Director Can't Get 'Rare And Unusual' Dismissal Changed

    An IT consulting business was right to fire a director without warning after their professional relationship irretrievably broke down, and made even the right to appeal a "futile" exercise, an appellate panel has ruled.

  • March 26, 2024

    Ex-Museum Curator Ordered To Return Alleged Stolen Items

    A former British Museum curator accused of stealing over 1,800 artifacts to sell on eBay was ordered on Tuesday to hand over the items he still has and provide information about those he has sold.

  • March 26, 2024

    Ex-Dentons Saudi Chief Sues For $2.6M Of Withheld Pay

    Dentons' former Saudi Arabia managing partner is suing the firm for more than $2.6 million in a London court, alleging that it deprived him of pay after dismissing him for no good reason.

  • March 26, 2024

    Gov't Issues Deadlines For Pensions 'Dashboard' Linkage

    Large pension schemes in the U.K. must connect their plans to the government's long-awaited Pensions Dashboard Program by the end of April 2025, according to new guidance.

  • March 26, 2024

    Over Regulation Restricted Defined Benefit Pensions, MPs Say

    The government should change the focus of the U.K.'s pension watchdog, lawmakers said Tuesday, warning that years of excessive caution on regulation has nearly wiped out the country's remaining defined benefit retirement plans.

  • March 25, 2024

    Eastman Group Says Ex-Employee Lifted IP To Start Rival Co.

    A specialty materials maker has told a London court that an ex-employee stole a valuable database in order to quickly set up a rival company selling paint protection film for cars.

  • March 25, 2024

    Businessman Appeals Ruling That He Wrongly Ousted Director

    A businessman on Monday asked a London court for permission to challenge a ruling that he wrongly forced out a fellow company director in breach of their business' articles of association.

  • March 25, 2024

    Union Wins Day-1 Sick Pay For Care Home Workers

    A major U.K. trade union announced Friday it has agreed to a deal with the U.K.'s largest care home provider to guarantee statutory sick pay for 19,000 care workers from the first day of their sick leave.

Expert Analysis

  • New Solicitor Workplace Rules Present Practical Challenges

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    As law firms and partners are beginning to understand and apply the Solicitors Regulation Authority's new rules and guidance on unfair treatment toward colleagues, it is becoming clear that there are a number of potential pitfalls to navigate, says Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

  • What Trustees Must Know About Virgin Media Pension Case

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    The High Court's recent decision in Virgin Media v. NTL Trustees could have significant consequences for salary-related contracted-out schemes, making it necessary for trustees to start examining any deeds of amendment during the affected time period, says James Newcome at Wedlake Bell.

  • 4 ADR Techniques To Know In Employment Cases

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    With increasing pressure on Employment Tribunal resources and recent presidential guidance highlighting alternative dispute resolution methods, practitioners should know the key types of ADR available for employment claims, how they differ and what the likely future implications are for those involved in tribunal litigation, says Sarah Hooton at Browne Jacobson.

  • Gender Diverse Boards May Reduce Corporate Fraud Risk

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    Following the recently proposed "failure to prevent fraud" offense, companies should focus on diversity in leadership as research shows that an increase in women's representation on boards is associated with a decreased probability of fraud, say Anoushka Warlow and Suzanne Gallagher at BCL Solicitors.

  • 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.

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