Employment UK

  • March 20, 2024

    UK Insurers See Boom In Income Protection Policies

    The number of people who took out personal insurance cover to shield their finances hit a record high in 2023, as more sought protection from a potentially serious accident or illness that would prevent them from working, British insurers said Wednesday.

  • March 20, 2024

    HMRC Makes U-Turn On Helpline Cuts After Backlash

    The U.K. tax authority backtracked Wednesday on plans to close down several helplines for taxpayers from April through September after facing criticism from politicians and industry groups.

  • March 20, 2024

    FCA Warns Pension Advisers Over Treatment Of Customers

    The Financial Conduct Authority urged pension advisers on Wednesday to look at how well they are considering the needs of their clients after a sweeping review of the sector found significant shortfalls at some companies.

  • March 19, 2024

    British Gas Beats Claim That It Paid Off Staff To Avoid Talks

    British Gas did not break U.K. labor laws when it made a direct offer to over 3,000 engineers amid collective bargaining because it did not realize that negotiations were still ongoing, a tribunal said Tuesday.

  • March 19, 2024

    Criminal Case No Excuse For Missing Tribunal Claim Deadline

    A customer service worker for a British train company can't pursue his sex discrimination and unfair dismissal claims against his former employer because he missed the deadline to bring legal action while on trial for sexual assault allegations brought by a colleague.

  • March 19, 2024

    Pension Watchdog Finds Trustee Boards Lack Diversity

    Pension boards across the U.K. lack diversity, according to research published Tuesday by Britain's retirement savings watchdog, which showed the characteristics of a "typical trustee" being unrepresentative of the overall U.K. population.

  • March 19, 2024

    HMRC Under Fire For Sharply Cutting Back Helpline Service

    The U.K. tax authority has moved too quickly to phase out helpline services for taxpayers filing self-assessment returns this year, members of Parliament said Tuesday.

  • March 19, 2024

    Charities Recovering From Pension Deficits

    Thirteen U.K. charities are no longer plugging a black hole in their pension schemes, a consultancy said Tuesday, amid a wider improvement in funding for retirement savings plans.

  • March 19, 2024

    Gov't Had 'No Option' But To Fire Worker Over Welfare Fraud

    A civil servant at the Department for Work and Pensions cannot claim he was unfairly dismissed after he used his position to process personal claims for universal credit knowing he wasn't eligible, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • March 19, 2024

    Workers Have 'Misplaced' £50B In UK Pension Pots

    The growing number of young workers changing jobs and moving to different pensions providers has left more than £50 billion ($64 billion) in U.K. pension pots "at risk of being misplaced" in abandoned or lost accounts, according to analysis published on Tuesday.

  • March 18, 2024

    Activist Was Harassment Whistleblower, Tribunal Rules

    An employee at a bottling company counts as a whistleblower because he told his employer he had witnessed a senior manager inappropriately massage a junior employee, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • March 18, 2024

    Axed HMRC Staffer Wins £16K Disability Discrimination Case

    HM Revenue and Customs must pay a disabled former employee £15,900 ($20,200) after it unfairly sacked him for gross misconduct and wrote off his claim that his sleep apnea was to blame, a Scottish tribunal has ruled.

  • March 18, 2024

    Barrister Before Tribunal For Allegedly Dodging Practice Ban

    An English legal regulator told a tribunal on Monday that a suspended barrister had continued to practice under the pretense of being a "solicitor's agent" in order to sidestep a ban for sending hostile emails and making false statements to a judge.

  • March 18, 2024

    PA Unfairly Pushed To Quit Over Underground COVID Fears

    A trader unfairly forced his personal assistant to quit after demanding that she continue to work at his house despite her concerns about catching COVID-19 on the London Underground, an appeals tribunal has ruled.

  • March 18, 2024

    UK Pension Insurers Sign Up To Net-Zero Targets

    The bulk annuities insurance sector in Britain has universally adopted net-zero targets for carbon emissions, but analysts warn that there is still more to do in terms of climate stewardship.

  • March 15, 2024

    Rentokil Should Have Tested Disabled Staffer In New Job

    Rentokil failed to make reasonable adjustments for its employee with multiple sclerosis when it declined to offer him a trial period in a less physical role before cutting him loose, a London appeals tribunal has ruled.

  • March 15, 2024

    Academic Wins Payout After Being Bullied Into Resigning

    An academic who resigned after being subjected to "bullying and intimidating behavior" by her line manager has been awarded more than £14,000 by a tribunal.

  • March 15, 2024

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

    The past week in London has seen Howard Kennedy face legal action by a London hotel chain, former racing boss Bernie Ecclestone and Formula One hit with a breach of contract claim by a Brazilian racecar driver, and a libel row between broadcaster Jeremy Vine and ex-footballer Joey Barton. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 15, 2024

    Debenhams Pension Deal Eases Superfund Fears, LCP Says

    The step by Clara-Pensions to take on all 10,400 members of the retirement savings plan of collapsed retailer Debenhams in the U.K.'s second-ever superfund deal will ease concerns around transactions in the nascent market, a consultancy has said.

  • March 15, 2024

    Insurer Calls For Clarity Over National Insurance Funding

    The U.K. government must provide clarity over the impact of payroll tax cuts on future funding for state pensions, insurance giant Aegon UK said Friday.

  • March 15, 2024

    Pension Watchdog Says Poor-Value Plan Initiative Is Working

    The U.K.'s retirement savings watchdog said that its fight against poor-value pension schemes is working and that plans are choosing to wind up following government regulations introduced to drive improvements for members.

  • March 14, 2024

    Judge Breyer Seeks To Boost Security Outside SF Courthouse

    U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said at a Thursday hearing that he'll meet with the U.S. Marshals Service to press for increased security around the San Francisco courthouse to ensure court staff and jurors' safety, the same day the city was sued over the neighborhood's open-air drug markets.

  • March 14, 2024

    Army Camp Beats Worker's Claim Over Bullying Commandant

    An employment tribunal in Liverpool has tossed a claim by a former U.K. armed forces training camp employee that he was forced to quit because the camp botched a probe into repeated bullying by the camp commandant.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • How The UK Noncompete Cap Proposal May Affect Employers

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    Following the U.K. government's plan to limit noncompete clauses to three months, employers will undoubtedly look at other options to prevent post-employment competition, such as use of garden leave, but this may keep employees out of the talent pool, say David Samuels and Tarun Tawakley at Lewis Silkin.

  • Employers Should Welcome UK Guidance On Positive Action

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    Recent guidance from the U.K. government clarifies the often overlooked and misunderstood concept of positive action under the Equality Act 2010, and may help employers feel more confident in using permitted conduct to promote equality, say lawyers at Fieldfisher.

  • Lessons For Businesses From The Raab Bullying Report

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    In light of the inquiry into workplace bullying that led to last month’s resignation of U.K. government minister Dominic Raab, businesses must ensure that they and their managers adhere to company policies, procedures and processes, and remain vigilant in stamping out and preventing such behaviors, says Suzy Blade at Setfords.

  • What The Ethnicity Pay Gap Guidance Means For Employers

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    In light of the U.K. government's recent guidance on measuring ethnicity pay differences, which could become mandatory, employers should consider ethnicity pay gap reporting and the complexities unique to it, in order to support a truly diverse workforce, say Catherine Shepherd and Kath Sadler-Smith at Osborne Clarke.

  • How The EU Pay Transparency Directive Will Affect Employers

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    The newly adopted EU Pay Transparency Directive aims to strengthen the principle of equal pay between men and women by way of mandatory gender pay gap reporting, and employers should prepare for the significant changes this will bring by closing any existing gaps and establishing a transparent compensation system, says Ulrike Conradi at Ogletree.

  • 3 Employee Protection Issues To Watch In UK Gov't

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    The recent U.K. harassment proposals, autism employment review and artificial intelligence white paper demonstrate that employee protection and well-being are high on the government's agenda, and could lead to changes in employers' support and hiring processes, say Catherine Shepherd and Kath Sadler-Smith at Osborne Clarke.

  • 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.

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