Employment UK

  • 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.

  • March 11, 2024

    MPs To Hear From Administrators In Norton Pension Scandal

    A parliamentary committee said Monday that it will weigh whether victims of pension fraud can receive compensation faster as the first part of its probe into the retirement savings scandal at Norton Motorcycle Co.  

  • March 11, 2024

    FCA Fines British Steel Pensions Firm, Bans Advisers

    The finance watchdog said Monday that it has hit a financial advice company with a fine and banned two former employees after discovering failures by the business when it put through £90 million ($115 million) of retirement savings transfers for members of the British Steel Pension Scheme.

  • March 11, 2024

    Lack Of Evidence Hits Bid To Nix Bias Claim, Tribunal Rules

    A water treatment company has lost its bid to toss a discrimination claim brought by a fired employee, as a tribunal ruled that allegations that the worker seriously harassed a colleague is not enough to strike out his claim against the firm.

  • March 08, 2024

    FCA To Boost Fight Against Nonfinancial Misconduct

    The Financial Conduct Authority said Friday it would ramp up its fight against bullying and sexual harassment in the financial services sector in light of a damning parliamentary report condemning efforts to tackle sexism in the financial services sector.

  • March 08, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen Barclays initiate legal proceedings against top Russian private bank JSC Alfa-Bank; Lex Greensill, founder of the collapsed Greensill Capital, suing the U.K.'s Department for Business and Trade; Wikipedia's parent company hit with a libel claim; and a sports journalism teacher filing a data protection claim against Manchester United FC. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 08, 2024

    Law Firms Urged To Retain More Senior Female Solicitors

    The Law Society said on Friday that it wants firms to intensify their efforts to promote women to senior roles and retain them, noting on International Women's Day that the gender gap in the sector has narrowed since 2015.

  • March 08, 2024

    Kuwait Must Pay Doctor £330K In Age, Disability Bias Case

    The Kuwaiti government must pay a former diplomatic service doctor more than £330,000 ($425,000) for forcing him to retire after he refused to go to the office while shielding during the COVID-19 pandemic, a London tribunal ruled on Friday.

  • March 08, 2024

    Gov't Sets Out 'Social Factors' Guide For Pension Investment

    The pensions watchdog has urged retirement fund managers to weigh social factors, such as labor rights and the safety of workers, as part of their investment considerations.

  • March 08, 2024

    Scottish Water Wins Retrial Of Analyst's Equal Pay Win

    An appeals tribunal has granted Scottish Water a second chance to argue that a female employee was paid less than her male counterpart because of a difference in skills and experience, rather than sex discrimination.

  • March 08, 2024

    Army Major Says MoD Branded Him Racist In £50K Libel Claim

    A major in the British Army has hit the Ministry of Defence with a £50,000 ($64,000) libel claim over a video on its website that allegedly said he pushed a Black warrant officer to want to quit by targeting him and others with compulsory drug tests.

  • March 07, 2024

    Efforts To Tackle Sexism In City Moving At 'Snail's Pace'

    A group of senior MPs called on Friday for an end to the "era of impunity" in the country's financial sector, saying that efforts to tackle sexism in the City are moving at a "snail's pace" and ignoring the benefits of diversity.

  • March 07, 2024

    Dolce & Gabbana Harrods Worker Loses Race Bias Appeal

    An Algerian Dolce & Gabbana shop worker who was sacked from her job at the designer brand's Harrods store for gaming its sick leave policy has lost her fight to revive her claim that she was singled out because she was not Italian.

  • March 07, 2024

    Written Notice Not Required For Parental Leave, Court Says

    Employees do not need to have requested parental leave in writing to trigger U.K. laws protecting them from being sacked for exercising their right to time off after a child is born, a London appeals tribunal ruled Thursday.

  • March 07, 2024

    UK Launches Case To Disqualify Lex Greensill As A Director

    The U.K. government said Thursday that it is seeking to disqualify Lex Greensill, the founder of collapsed finance company Greensill Capital, from running another company for 15 years.

  • March 07, 2024

    Ex-England Rugby Player Wins Case Over Sexist Comments

    A former England rugby player has won her claim for sex discrimination and constructive dismissal after a tribunal ruled that her managers targeted her with derogatory comments while she worked as a firefighter.

  • March 07, 2024

    UK Modern Slavery Victim Reports Hit Record High In 2023

    Just over 17,000 potential victims of modern slavery were referred to the Home Office in 2023 in a record high, according to data published by the government department Thursday.

  • March 07, 2024

    UK Working On Fix For Privacy Rules Clash On Pensions

    The government is working on a solution to the problem of pension providers being held back from communicating with members because of privacy regulations, a minister has said.

  • March 06, 2024

    FCA Did Not Unfairly Fire Staffer Amid Harassment Probe

    The U.K.'s financial watchdog did not unfairly sack a supervisor based on his race after an internal investigation held that he had harassed another employee, a London appeals tribunal has ruled.

  • March 06, 2024

    Fired 'Color Purple' Actor Loses Appeal Over Christian Beliefs

    A theater company did not discriminate against a Christian actor when it dropped her from a role in a musical production of "The Color Purple" over an anti-gay social media post, a London appeals tribunal ruled on Wednesday.

  • March 06, 2024

    UK Cuts Tax, Reforms Non-Dom Rules In Pre-Election Budget

    The U.K. government unveiled another cut in payroll taxes and changes to rules on non-domicile status on Wednesday as it presented its election-year spring Budget.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • What Slovak Labor Code Changes Will Mean For Employers

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    With newly effective amendments to the Slovak Labor Code strengthening employees’ rights in a number of ways, the default mindset of the employee being the weaker party may no longer be the right approach, says Katarina Pfeffer at Bird & Bird.

  • An ICO Reminder On Managing Subject Access Requests

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    Although the U.K. Information Commissioner's Office’s recent seven reprimands regarding mismanagement of data subject access requests are unusual, it is worth organizations considering what resources and training may be available to ensure these are properly managed in the future, says Ross McKenzie at Addleshaw Goddard.

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