Employment UK

  • June 24, 2024

    High Court Pay Not For Temp Judges, Master Of The Rolls Says

    The master of the rolls told an employment tribunal Monday that permanent High Court judges are in a different category to those who occasionally take on High Court duties, weighing in on a claim brought by judges who say they should be paid the same wages as permanent judges when they periodically sit at the High Court.

  • June 24, 2024

    Club Found Liable For Then-Secretary's 'Abusive' Acts

    Two bar staff were forced to resign from a members club in Durham after a now-former club secretary made comments that mocked one's disabilities and sexualized the other, an employment tribunal has ruled, finding the club liable.

  • June 24, 2024

    CEO Can Sue Nickel Mining Co. In UK Over 'Ambiguous' Firing

    An employment tribunal has ruled that the former CEO of a Zambian mining company can pursue his unfair dismissal claim in the U.K. after concluding that his contract was subject to English law.

  • June 24, 2024

    Retired Judges Lose Appeal In Pension Row With MoJ

    An appeals tribunal ruled Monday that the Ministry of Justice did not discriminate against three judges when it switched their pension schemes, ruling that their new judicial posts — rather than their part-time worker status — caused the change.

  • June 24, 2024

    Trade Union Can Sue Ex-Officer For Libel

    A trade union can bring its libel claim against a former union officer who was ousted from the organization following bullying accusations, a London judge has ruled.

  • June 24, 2024

    Salmon Steers £25M Pension Deal For Travel Co.

    Legal & General will take on £25 million ($31.7 million) worth of pension liabilities from a scheme sponsored by travel company TUI in a deal steered by Burges Salmon LLP, advisers on the transaction said Monday.

  • June 21, 2024

    Surveyor Wins £110K After Director's Unfounded Fraud Report

    A tribunal has ordered a surveyors company and two of its directors to pay a former trainee almost £110,000 ($139,000) after ruling that she was subject to harassment relating to her sex and victimization.

  • June 21, 2024

    British Council Wins Fight To Nix Dubai Employee's Claim

    The British Council has won its appeal against a decision that found a human resources manager based in Dubai could sue her employer in a U.K. employment tribunal, with the appeals tribunal finding that her argument that she would not get a fair trial in the UAE failed.

  • June 21, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen JD Wetherspoon sue a Welsh pub over its name in the Intellectual Property Court, ex-professional boxer Amir Khan and his wife file libel action against an influencer, the Performing Right Society hit with a competition claim over music licensing, and Manolete Partners bring action against the directors of a bust investment firm. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 21, 2024

    SRA Bars Case Handler Who Sent Client Money To Third Party

    A former case handler has been barred from working at law firms after she admitted that she had deliberately transferred client money to an unconnected third party without taking instructions, the Solicitors Regulation Authority said Friday.

  • June 21, 2024

    Apple Wrong To Fire Worker For COVID Joke, Tribunal Rules

    Apple wrongly fired an employee for making racial comments in the workplace, despite not having offended anyone, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • June 21, 2024

    Axiom Stays £65M Action As Directors Claim Bankruptcy

    A London judge ruled on Friday that shuttered firm Axiom Ince can stay its almost £65 million ($82 million) claim against its ex-director and several of his companies for allegedly misappropriating client funds, saying the main defendant has been declared bankrupt.

  • June 20, 2024

    Pensioners Still Taxed With 'Triple Lock Plus,' LCP Says

    The ruling Conservative Party's pledge to add a tax break to the anti-inflation "triple lock" on pensions would still mean that 2.5 million U.K. pensioners will be taxed, consultancy Lane Clark & Peacock LLP said Thursday.

  • June 20, 2024

    Academic Revives Sex Bias Claim Over Absences

    A university lecturer has won his bid to revive his claim he was discriminated against as a man after an appellate tribunal found an initial ruling failed to properly identify his complaints.

  • June 20, 2024

    Ex-Racecourse Assoc. Worker Can Revive Maternity Bias Case

    An accountant won her bid on Thursday to revive her pregnancy discrimination case, with an appeals panel saying an employment tribunal failed to consider whether her redundancy was legitimate or, as she claimed, the result of maternity discrimination. 

  • June 20, 2024

    Seven Law Firms Recognized For Work On Gender Equality

    Business in the Community named seven law firms on Thursday in an updated list of the 50 top employers for gender equality in the U.K., with Linklaters LLP the sole representative of the Magic Circle.

  • June 20, 2024

    Aegon Plans ESG Shakeup Of £12B Workplace Pension Fund

    Pensions provider Aegon on Thursday announced a raft of measures to overhaul its £12 billion ($15.2 billion) workplace retirement fund, as it plots to reduce its carbon emissions and invest more in unlisted assets.

  • June 20, 2024

    Law Firm Disputes Pension Deal Capacity Concerns

    Most small retirement savings plans have little trouble carrying out an insurance transaction, a law firm has found, despite fears of a capacity crunch in the pensions deals market.

  • June 20, 2024

    Law Firm Wrongly Axed Pregnant Lawyer's Promotion

    A law firm discriminated against a solicitor when it withdrew its offer to promote her to director after learning she was pregnant and later fired her, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • June 19, 2024

    Drivers Sue Amazon Over Alleged Work Visa Scam

    A group of drivers for Amazon who say they were lured to the U.K. from Spain as part of a sophisticated visa scam have filed an employment claim against the retail giant and its logistics provider.

  • June 19, 2024

    Sales Reps Win Discrimination Claim Over 'Somali Pirate' Slur

    An employment tribunal has ruled that used car seller Stellantis & You discriminated against two sales advisers following evidence of racial slurs, including staff calling one a "Somali pirate" and another a "Black bastard."

  • June 19, 2024

    Gaming Execs Deny Copying Ex-Firm's Code For New Game

    Two former directors of an online gambling company have denied its claim that they plagiarized copyrighted source code for its "Slingo" online betting game to produce several competing products through the rival business they joined.

  • June 19, 2024

    Barrister Sanctioned Over Fight At The Opera

    A barrister was sanctioned by a disciplinary board on Wednesday for getting into a fistfight at an opera as the panel found that he had behaved in a way that is likely to diminish public trust in the legal profession.

  • June 19, 2024

    Fieldfisher Steers £165M Mineral Biz Pension Deal

    Insurance giant Aviva said on Wednesday that it has completed a full retirement savings plan buy-in worth £165 million ($210 million) sponsored by mineral miner and processor Sibelco UK Ltd., in a deal guided by Fieldfisher LLP.

  • June 18, 2024

    NHS Surgeon Loses Appeal Over Fixed-Term Status

    A locum consultant breast surgeon lost her bid to become a permanent employee at a London hospital trust Tuesday after an appellate judge found that the trust was entitled to keep her on a fixed-term contract.

Expert Analysis

  • Tips For Orgs Using NDAs In Light Of New UK Legislation

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    The recent passage of the Victims and Prisoners Act follows a crackdown on the misuse of nondisclosure agreements, but although NDAs are not prohibited and regulators recognize their legitimate justification, organizations relying on them must be able to clearly explain that justification if challenged, say attorneys at Macfarlanes.

  • Unpacking The Pay Threshold Hikes For Skilled Worker Visas

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    Many companies were forced to withdraw job offers after the government recently raised the salary thresholds for skilled worker visas, bringing focus to the strain on businesses to quickly adapt to the changing immigration system, say Claire Nilson, Abilio Jaribu and Emily Evans at Faegre Drinker.

  • How Revision Of The EU Works Directive May Affect Cos.

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    The European Union’s proposed revision of the Works Councils Directive, motivated by perceived shortcomings of existing legislation and the transformation of the world of work, includes significant changes that would increase workers' rights, including through strengthened enforcement and confidentiality provisions, says Thomas Player at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • What Employers Should Know About The Tips Act

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    Michael Powner, Isobel Goodman and Hauwa Ottun at Charles Russell examine a recently enacted law that bars employers from making deductions to workers' tips, shed light on the government's final code of practice, and highlight key trends and potential implications

  • 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.

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