Employment UK

  • March 14, 2024

    Barclays Beats Race Bias Claims From Cameroonian Ex-VPs

    Barclays did not discriminate against three of its former vice presidents based on their ethnicity or Cameroonian nationality, but two of the bankers proved it mishandled their performance reviews in light of disabilities they had, a tribunal has ruled.

  • March 14, 2024

    LSE Professor's Court Access Restricted After Meritless Claim

    A London court has barred a former London School of Economics professor from bringing any more claims for three years, ruling that there was a real risk he would keep litigating despite losing his latest case against dozens of barristers.

  • March 14, 2024

    Clara Takes Debenhams Pension Scheme In Landmark Deal

    All 10,400 members of the retirement savings plan of collapsed retailer Debenhams will have their promised pension benefits restored after Clara-Pensions announced Thursday it would take on the scheme in the U.K.'s second-ever superfund transaction.

  • March 14, 2024

    Council Victimized Worker With Weekly In-Office Requirement

    A local authority in Scotland must pay a disabled employee over £16,000 ($20,376) after an employment tribunal found the council's requirement to work one day a week in the office exacerbated the worker's anxiety and depression.

  • March 14, 2024

    Aid Charity Fired Lockdown 'Shisha Cave' Whistleblower

    A humanitarian charity made an employee redundant in retaliation for her blowing the whistle about colleagues smoking and potentially taking illegal drugs in its offices during a COVID-19 lockdown, a U.K. employment tribunal has ruled.

  • March 14, 2024

    Advisers Want Tax Reduction For Pensions, Aegon Says

    Many British financial advisers want the government to reduce taxes as part of pension reforms following the next general election, insurance firm Aegon UK said Thursday.

  • March 14, 2024

    Insurer Completes Full Construction Co. Pension Scheme Deal

    Insurer Just Group said on Thursday that it has completed a £37 million ($47.3 million) buy-out of a pension scheme sponsored by a leading engineering and construction company, finishing the process that it started in 2013.

  • March 14, 2024

    CMS Leads Rothesay £6B Buy Of Scottish Widows Portfolio

    Pension insurer Rothesay Life said Thursday that it will buy Scottish Widows' £6 billion ($7.7 billion) portfolio of bulk annuities from Lloyds Banking Group PLC, in a transaction guided by CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP.

  • March 13, 2024

    Nurse Mistaken About Filing Time Limits Resurrects Claim

    An NHS nurse won a second crack at her unfair dismissal claims after an appellate tribunal ruled that she only missed the deadline to file because she was genuinely mistaken about the time limits.

  • March 13, 2024

    EU Parliament Overwhelmingly Passes Landmark AI Law

    European Union lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday in favor of a first-of-its-kind artificial intelligence law, in a bid to help facilitate innovation while safeguarding the bloc's fundamental rights.

  • March 13, 2024

    Pensions Watchdog Workers Call Off Strike, Agree To Pay Deal

    Some 400 workers at The Pensions Regulator suspended their strike action after agreeing to a pay increase aligned with guidelines set for government employees, the watchdog said Wednesday.

  • March 13, 2024

    Saudi Gov't Loses Immunity Appeal After Solicitors Back Out

    An appeal by Saudia Arabia's British embassy against a religious discrimination claim brought by a former employee was dismissed on Wednesday after the diplomatic outpost failed to pay its solicitors at RPC to continue representing it.

  • March 13, 2024

    Norton Pension Scam Victims Receive Initial £9.4M Redress

    Former employees of Norton Motorcycles received £9.4 million ($12 million) into their pension schemes from the Fraud Compensation Fund this week, an independent trustee told a group of senior MPs on Wednesday.

  • March 13, 2024

    Apprentice Wins £25K After Telecoms Biz Cut Role Short

    A telecommunications company must pay a former apprentice £25,000 ($32,000) after breaching his contract by cutting ties with him before the end of his term, a Scottish tribunal has ruled.

  • March 13, 2024

    'Significant' Gaps Remain In UK Pension Provision, FCA Says

    Automatic enrollment should be recognized as a success, but gaps around the retirement saving provision remain, the Financial Conduct Authority's chief executive said Wednesday, raising questions about Britain's current and future pension landscape.

  • March 13, 2024

    All Post Office Convictions To Be Quashed Through New Law

    The government introduced landmark legislation on Wednesday that will exonerate hundreds of people wrongfully convicted as the result of the Post Office scandal.

  • March 12, 2024

    Civil Servants Appeal For 2nd Shot At Age Bias Challenge

    Twenty civil servants argued Tuesday that they were not given a fair shot at their claim that a redundancy compensation scheme was unjustifiably biased against older staff.

  • March 12, 2024

    Staffer Who Sent Sex Doll To Boss Unfairly Axed By Tech Biz

    A tech company unfairly fired an employee who sent their manager a sex doll, an employment tribunal ruled, although it also rejected the staffer's bid for £16 million ($20.6 million) in damages and their request to be reinstated.

  • March 12, 2024

    Italian Can Sue South African Wildlife TV Channel In The UK

    An Italian citizen working in South Africa can sue a popular wildlife channel in the U.K., after an employment tribunal ruled that he was effectively treated like a local worker and paid his taxes as one.

  • March 12, 2024

    £100B Of UK Pension Surplus Could Be Returned To Sponsors

    An estimated £100 billion ($128 billion) could boost British businesses and workers over the next decade if retirement savings plans continue to run on after the point at which they're fully funded, a consultancy said Tuesday.

  • March 12, 2024

    UK Pension Deals Hit Record-Breaking £50B In 2023

    The total value of pension transfer deals in the U.K. hit a record-breaking £50 billion ($64 billion) in 2023, Hymans Robertson said Tuesday, with the number of transactions also eclipsing previous highs.

  • March 12, 2024

    Axed Greggs Staffer Warned Off Racism Complaint Wins £21K

    A tribunal has scolded Greggs for its handling of an employee's racial discrimination claim and awarded the staffer £21,400 ($27,400) after the bakery chain botched a probe into whether he took unauthorized leave before unfairly firing him and two others.

  • March 11, 2024

    Whistleblower Forced To Quit After Questioning CEO's CV

    A chief operating officer at a charity was forced to resign after senior figures said his whistleblowing claims about the new chief executive's CV had ruined their trust in him, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • March 11, 2024

    Santander Whistleblower Loses Bid To Revive Claim

    An appellate tribunal has rejected a bid by a former financial crime policy manager at Santander to revive her whistleblowing and discrimination claims against the bank, ruling a fair trial was not possible because she failed to exchange witness statements.

  • March 11, 2024

    Insolvency Service Makes Progress on Gender Pay, Diversity

    Discrepancies in salaries between men and women at the Insolvency Service narrowed further by five percentage points in 2023, the bankruptcy administrator has revealed in its latest gender pay gap report, with women now making up more than half of its workforce.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • UK Court Reinforces High Bar In Human Rights Investigations

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    Although the recent U.K. High Court decision in World Uyghur Congress v. Secretary of State found that a high evidential threshold must be cleared to investigate human rights abuses, this is not to be seen as an incentive for companies to ease back on their supply chain risk management and due diligence procedures, says Lloyd Firth at WilmerHale.

  • How New UK Subsidy Control Rules Will Differ From EU Law

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    The newly effective Subsidy Control Act contains key differences to the previously applicable EU state aid laws, and legal practitioners should familiarize themselves with the new regime, ensuring that their public sector clients are aware of the challenges it presents, say attorneys at Shepherd and Wedderburn.

  • Preparing For EU's Pay Gap Reporting Directive

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    An agreement has been reached on the European Union Pay Transparency Directive, paving the way for gender pay gap reporting to become compulsory for many employers across Europe, introducing a more proactive approach than the similar U.K. regime and leading the way on new global standards for equal pay, say attorneys at Lewis Silkin.

  • Why Employers Must Address Differences In UK And EU Law

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    Amid globalization and more location-fluid working arrangements, it is crucial that employers recognize and address the differences between U.K. and EU laws in several workforce management areas, including worker representation, pay and benefits, termination of employment, and diversity and inclusion, says Hannah Wilkins at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • How UK Employment Revisions Could Improve On EU Laws

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    There is concern that the U.K. Retained EU Law Bill might remove the numerous protections provided to employees by EU law, but it could bring with it the chance to make better the pieces of law that currently cause employers the biggest headaches, says Simon Fennell at Shoosmiths.

  • Private MP Bills Could Drive Employment Law Reform

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    Instead of a single Employment Bill, the U.K. government is supporting various private proposals by backbench members of Parliament, and cross-party support may mean this process provides a viable route for reforming employment law, says Jonathan Naylor at Shoosmiths.

  • An Irish Perspective On The Women On Boards Directive

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    The EU Women on Boards Directive marks a discernible gear shift in the campaign to achieve gender balance at board level that Irish listed companies must engage with, and those that embark on change now will be well placed to succeed under the new regime, say attorneys at Matheson.

  • UK Ruling Adds Clarity To Duty Of Good Faith In Contracts

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    The recent U.K. Court of Appeal decision in Compound Photonics Group on the implied duty of good faith in commercial contracts ties in with the established requirement to act rationally, although courts are still reluctant to set out a list of minimum standards that will apply in all circumstances, say Louise Freeman and Alan Kenny at Covington.

  • Wearing Religious Signs At Work: The Evolving EU Case Law

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    Based on a recent European Court of Justice ruling, the main criterion for allowing employers to prohibit employees from wearing religious signs on the basis of a policy of neutrality seems to be whether a genuine need exists for doing so, making it harder for employers to apply such a policy, says Chris Van Olmen at Van Olmen & Wynant.

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