Employment UK

  • May 21, 2024

    Gov't Must Pay £50K For Bias Against Deaf Job Seeker

    The U.K. government must pay £49,880 ($63,390) to a deaf person for discriminating against him and failing numerous times to provide interpreters to aid his job search, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • May 21, 2024

    Tesco Fights Looming Disclosure Deadline In Equal Pay Battle

    Retail giant Tesco fought to push back a disclosure deadline in its equal pay battle with thousands of workers on Tuesday, telling an appeals tribunal that it hasn't had enough time to process millions of documents for the case.

  • May 21, 2024

    Post Office Official Told MP About IT Bugs Ahead Of Report

    A former Post Office senior official conceded she was the "bearer of bad news" by ensuring an MP was told of bugs in the IT system used to wrongly prosecute innocent people, as she gave evidence to an inquiry Tuesday.

  • May 21, 2024

    Injured Ex-Cops Take Disability Case To Court Of Appeal

    Two former police officers urged an appeals court Tuesday to revive their claim that pensions rules for those disabled in the line of duty are discriminatory, arguing that an employment tribunal was wrong to find it had no jurisdiction over the question.

  • May 21, 2024

    Lawyer Suspended For Misconduct Toward Junior Women

    A solicitor was suspended from legal practice for two years on Tuesday and hit with costs of £85,000 ($108,000) after a disciplinary tribunal held a private hearing over allegations of sexually motivated and inappropriate conduct toward multiple junior female employees.

  • May 21, 2024

    Finance Pros 'Too Afraid' To Blow Whistle On Fraud

    More than three-quarters of finance professionals in the U.K. stayed silent after spotting or suspecting internal fraud in their workplaces, a survey published on Tuesday showed, with nearly half saying they feared a backlash.

  • May 21, 2024

    UK Pension Reform Could Create 'Too Big To Fail' Providers

    The proposed government fix for the spiraling number of retirement savings pots could create pension giants that are too big to fail, an industry body warned on Tuesday.

  • May 21, 2024

    Ex-Insurance Exec's Wife Denies Knowledge Of Illegal Money

    The wife of a former executive at Gable Insurance has denied cashing in on unauthorized payments from her husband who, the Liechtenstein insurer alleges, siphoned off millions of pounds from the company to accounts he had links to.

  • May 20, 2024

    Autonomy CEO Reaped $516M From HP Acquisition, Jurors Told

    Ex-Autonomy CEO Michael Lynch took home more than $516 million from the software company's $11.7 billion sale to HP, an FBI agent testified Monday as the government's last witness in a trial over allegations Lynch duped HP into overpaying to buy the company.

  • May 20, 2024

    Civil Servants Lose Fight To Relaunch Age Bias Case

    A group of 20 civil servants lost its bid Monday to revive claims that a redundancy compensation scheme was unjustifiably biased against older employees, with an appeals tribunal ruling that a lower court correctly found their case to be vexatious.

  • May 20, 2024

    Rugby Players Still Can't Join Forces For Concussion Claims

    A London judge declined again on Monday to combine negligence claims brought by almost 300 former rugby players, as governing bodies for the sport argued they had only just become aware of more medical evidence about conditions allegedly caused by repeated concussions.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • Disciplinary Ruling Has Lessons For Lawyers On Social Media

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    A recent Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal judgment against a solicitor for online posts deemed antisemitic and offensive highlights the serious sanctions that can stem from conduct on social media and the importance of law firms' efforts to ensure that their employees behave properly, say Liz Pearson and Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

  • The Art Of Corporate Apologies: Crafting An Effective Strategy

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    Public relations challenges often stop companies from apologizing amid alleged wrongdoing, but a recent U.K. government consultation seeks to make this easier, highlighting the importance of corporate apologies and measures to help companies balance the benefits against the potential legal ramifications, says Dina Hudson at Byfield Consultancy.

  • What UK Supreme Court Strike Ruling Means For Employers

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    Although the U.K. Supreme Court recently declared in Mercer v. Secretary of State that part of a trade union rule and employees' human rights were incompatible, the decision will presumably not affect employer engagement with collective bargaining, as most companies are already unlikely to rely on the rule as part of their broader industrial relations strategy, say lawyers at Baker McKenzie.

  • Accounting For Climate Change In Flexible Working Requests

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    Although the U.K. government's recent updates to the country's flexible working laws failed to include climate change as a factor for evaluating remote work requests, employers are not prohibited from considering the environmental benefits — or drawbacks — of an employee's request to work remotely, say Jonathan Carr and Gemma Taylor at Lewis Silkin.

  • Employer Lessons From Red Bull's Misconduct Investigation

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    Red Bull’s recent handling of a high-profile investigation into team principal Christian Horner’s alleged misconduct toward a colleague serves as a reminder of the importance of thorough internal grievance and disciplinary processes, and offers lessons for employers hoping to minimize media attention, say Charlotte Smith and Adam Melling at Walker Morris.

  • Prepping For A Duty To Prevent Workplace Sexual Harassment

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    With the Worker Protection Act set to roll out this October, employers should anticipate their newly heightened positive obligation to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace and begin updating their policies and addressing potential risk areas now, say Fiona McLellan and Rachael McKenzie at Hill Dickinson.

  • Employment Tribunal Fee Proposal Raises Potential Issues

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    The proposal to reintroduce employment tribunal fees in a recent U.K. government consultation poses serious concerns over the right of access to justice, and will only act as a deterrent for claimants and appellants, says Yulia Fedorenko at CM Murray.

  • Dissecting Recent Developments Against The Misuse Of NDAs

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    The U.K. government's recent plans to nullify nondisclosure agreements that prevent victims from reporting crimes should remind lawyers to proactively consider the necessity of such agreements, especially in light of the Solicitors Regulation Authority's warning notice on drafting improper NDAs, say Clare Davis and Macaela Joyes at RPC.

  • 3 Notable Pensions Reforms In Spring Budget

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    The U.K. government’s spring budget introduced reforms to improve pension outcomes through the value for money framework and the lifetime provider model, as well as to encourage investments in Britain — three interlinked areas that could pressure trustees and providers to rethink how they approach investments, say Liz Ramsaran and Marcus Fink at DWF.

  • Uber Payout Offers Employer Lessons On Mitigating Bias

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    Uber Eats' recent payout to a driver over allegations that the company's facial recognition software was discriminatory sheds light on bias in AI, and offers guidance for employers on how to avoid harming employees through the use of such technology, says Rachel Rigg at Fieldfisher.

  • Tracing The Effects Of Salary Hikes For Sponsored Workers

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    The government's new salary thresholds for sponsored workers herald substantial wage increases for the majority of occupations, introducing changes to the sponsorship landscape that disproportionately affect private sector employers, says Gary McIndoe at Latitude Law.

  • What To Know About Latest UK Employment Law Changes

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    As a range of employment law changes came into force this month, such as increased redundancy protections for pregnancy and new parents, employers should ensure compliance with the new requirements, including by providing training and updating internal policies, say lawyers at MoFo.

  • Opinion

    Employment Tribunal Fees Risk Reducing Access To Justice

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    Before the proposed fee regime for employment tribunal claims can take effect, the government needs much more evidence that low-income individuals — arguably the tribunal system's most important users — will not be negatively affected by the fees, says Max Winthrop, employment law committee chair at the Law Society.

  • Tribunal Cases Illustrate Balancing Act Of Anti-Bias Protection

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    Recent employment tribunal discrimination cases show employers the complexities of determining the scope of protected characteristics under the Equality Act, and responding proportionately, particularly when conflicts involve controversial beliefs that can trigger competing employee discrimination claims, say Michael Powner and Sophie Rothwell at Charles Russell.

  • Comparing The UK And EU Approaches To AI Regulation

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    While there are significant points of convergence between the recently published U.K. approach to artificial intelligence regulation and the EU AI Act, there is also notable divergence between them, and it appears that the U.K. will remain a less regulatory environment for AI in the foreseeable future, say lawyers at Steptoe.

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