Employment UK

  • April 08, 2024

    Gowling, Osborne Clarke Steer £60M Tech Co. Pension Deal

    Insurer Just Group said Monday it has completed a £60 million ($75.7 million) buy-in of a pension scheme sponsored by technology companies Epson (UK) Ltd. and Epson Europe BV, in a deal guided by Gowling WLG and Osborne Clarke.

  • April 08, 2024

    Pension Schemes Considering Alternatives For End Goal

    Pension plans need to carefully weigh a range of options for their end game strategies, a professional services firm said, as retirement savings scheme funding continues to hover around near record levels.

  • April 08, 2024

    Quran Teacher Wins Sex, Race Bias Case Against Mosque

    A female Quran teacher has won her race and sex discrimination case against a London mosque, with a tribunal ruling in a judgment published Monday that leaders viewed her as "expendable" because she was a Somali woman and unfairly fired her when pupil numbers dwindled.

  • April 08, 2024

    Saturday Work Is Not Sex Discrimination, Tribunal Rules

    London Underground did not discriminate against an employee by refusing to give her Saturdays off to look after her child — but the transport operator botched the process for assessing her request for flexible working, a tribunal has ruled.

  • April 08, 2024

    Grant Thornton Fined For Audit Compliance Breaches

    The Financial Reporting Council said Monday it has fined accounting firm Grant Thornton £40,000 ($50,500) for failing to comply with audit regulations in its work on a local authority's pension fund.

  • April 05, 2024

    Korean Trade Promoter Wins Claim Despite Kickback Bid

    A South Korean trade agency unfairly dismissed a London-based employee of over 20 years — but won't have to pay him a dime after he tried to negotiate a secret commission, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • April 05, 2024

    Ex-Ashurst Real Estate Chief Tapped For Employment Judge Post

    The Justice Secretary has appointed a property-focused consultant solicitor as a full-time salaried employment Judge, the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary announced Friday, stepping up his involvement in the judiciary from two previous part-time posts.

  • April 05, 2024

    Exec Wins £61K After Being Forced To Quit Following Merger

    A bedding company must pay its former managing director £61,000 ($77,000) after it forced him to quit following a merger by backtracking on his benefits under the deal, and blocking him from entering the premises, a tribunal has ruled.

  • April 05, 2024

    UK Urges Delay In Claiming Pensions Until Rules Change

    The U.K. tax authority has warned people to delay claiming their pensions until after Saturday, when the lifetime allowance is abolished, while the government clarifies technical changes to the legislation.

  • April 05, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen the BBC sued by former Georgian defense minister David Kezerashvili, Russian businessman Ildar Sharipov file a defamation claim against the publisher of the Liverpool Echo newspaper, MEX Group Worldwide sue Barclays and NatWest, and a climbing gear company hit retailer Next with a claim of copyright infringement. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • April 05, 2024

    7 Spring Law Changes That Employers Need To Know About

    An array of employment laws taking effect in April should prompt businesses to revisit their policies and think about what more they can be doing to comply, lawyers say.

  • April 05, 2024

    Rothesay Sees 'Unprecedented' Pipeline For Pension Deals

    Pension insurer Rothesay Life said Friday it secured £12.7 billion ($16 billion) in new business premiums across a dozen de-risking retirement savings deals in 2023, with the year ahead marked by an "unprecedented pension risk transfer market pipeline."

  • April 05, 2024

    Senior Doctors Accept Pay Offer After A Year Of Strikes

    Senior doctors have voted to accept the government's latest pay offer, ending a year of strikes, the British Medical Association said on Friday.

  • April 05, 2024

    UK Pension Schemes Maintain Near-Record Surpluses

    The aggregate surplus of the U.K.'s defined benefit pension sector remained at near-record levels of around £151 billion ($190.8 billion) in March, a consultancy has said.

  • April 05, 2024

    Academic Can't Sue University Over Anti-Semitism Probe

    A university lecturer lost her bid to sue her employer after it investigated and ultimately cleared her of allegations she had made anti-Semitic comments after a judge found she could not skirt a settlement agreement she had already signed with the institution. 

  • April 04, 2024

    Advocate Hit With 5-Year Ban Over Doctoring Emails In Jersey

    A legal tribunal banned an advocate from practicing in England for five years on Thursday following the ruling of a Jersey court that he had dishonestly doctored emails to hide the fact that he had caused "excessive" delays for a client.

  • April 04, 2024

    Sexually Harassed Class Helper Fired For Lying Wins Payout

    A teaching assistant who lied about having COVID-19 to go on vacation has won a £9,309 ($11,775) payout after a female headmaster sexually harassed him, then sacked him following a flawed investigation into his lies.

  • April 04, 2024

    Law Firm Defeats Adviser's Unfair Redundancy Claim

    A Scottish law firm didn't unfairly cull one of its financial advisers during a redundancy process because bosses scored candidates with a reasonable checklist, an employment tribunal has ruled. 

  • April 04, 2024

    Head Teacher Fired Trade Union Rep Over 'Personal Animosity'

    A primary school's head teacher unfairly dismissed and discriminated against a trade union representative because he didn't like that she was challenging his "dictatorial attitude," an employment tribunal ruled.

  • April 04, 2024

    Insurer Wants Greater Flexibility On State Pension Age

    The U.K. government should explore giving Britons more choice over when they can start claiming their state pension amid concerns over increases to the official retirement age, insurer Aegon said Thursday.

  • April 04, 2024

    Defense Ministry OK To Reject Foreign Nationals For Jobs

    An employment judge has thrown out a discrimination claim against the U.K.'s defense ministry, ruling that U.K. law allows the government body to reject non-British nationals from certain jobs for national security reasons.

  • April 04, 2024

    Gambling Biz Says Rival, Ex-Employees Copied Game Code

    An online gambling company has sued two former members of staff and its rival for allegedly plagiarizing copyrighted source code for its "Slingo" online betting game to produce several competing products.

  • April 04, 2024

    Standard Life Bags Insurer's Pension Plan In £95M Deal

    Standard Life has completed a £95 million ($120 million) buy-in of a pension scheme sponsored by Brit Insurance in a deal guided by Burges Salmon LLP.

  • April 04, 2024

    Money Was Siphoned To Former Exec's Wife, Insurer Says

    A Liechtenstein insurer suing two of its former directors for allegedly funneling millions of pounds to accounts they had ties to has now accused one of the men's wives of also benefiting from unauthorized payments.

  • April 03, 2024

    More Pension Schemes Considering Running On, LCP Says

    An increasing number of pensions schemes are considering running on their retirement savings plans as funding levels continue to strengthen in the U.K., a consultancy has said.

Expert Analysis

  • German Labor Court Takes Surprising Stance On Disclosure

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    A German labor court's recent ruling regarding an employer's disclosure of the number and names of employees identified as "severely disabled" will surprise practitioners in the data protection and diversity spaces, who may question the justification for aspects of the decision, say Hannah Disselbeck and Marco Hermann at Fieldfisher.

  • A Look At The Increase In Employee Ownership Trusts

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    The rise in employee ownership trusts has brought certain challenges, but with tax advantages and a proven positive impact on individuals, businesses and regional economies, employee buyouts are set to become more popular and could outstrip mainstream deal activity, says ​​​​​​​Lisa Hayward at Birketts.

  • Employment Ruling Takes A New Look At Settlement Waivers

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    The recent Scottish Employment Appeal Tribunal decision in Bathgate v. Technip U.K. demonstrates that a waiver in a settlement agreement must relate expressly to the circumstances of the individual case, and that it is no longer possible to dismiss a prospective claim simply by including a reference to unfair dismissal or the Equality Act 2010, says David Whincup at Squire Patton.

  • Series

    My Favorite Law Prof: How I Learned To Argue Open-Mindedly

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    Queens College President Frank Wu reflects on how Yale Kamisar’s teaching and guidance at the University of Michigan Law School emphasized a capacity to engage with alternative worldviews and the importance of the ability to argue for both sides of a debate.

  • Employment Ruling Shows Value Of Dismissal Alternatives

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    The recent Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling in Department of Work and Pensions v. Boyers demonstrates that employers should ensure that alternatives have been properly considered before dismissing a disabled employee, since it can be difficult to show that a proportionate approach has been taken in the decision-making process, say Asten Hawkes and Larissa Hawkins at BDB Pitmans.

  • How Proposed Forced Labor Product Ban Affects Biz With EU

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    The European Commission's recently proposed regulation banning products made with forced labor in the European Union highlights the importance for multinational companies to enhance their human rights due diligence programs to meet fast-evolving standards and requirements of doing business in the region, say Sarah Bishop and Paul Mertenskötter at Covington.

  • FCA Pension Scheme Case Highlights Issues Ripe For Reform

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    The Financial Conduct Authority's response to the British Steel Pension Scheme case exposed wider issues within its regulatory approach and could demonstrate the need for industrywide reforms to minimize the risks with transferring out of a pension scheme, say Oliver Reece and Larisa Gordan at PwC.

  • Holiday Entitlement Ruling May Affect Employer Practices

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    Following the recent decision of Harpur Trust v. Brazel, employers may want to consider some practical options and review their processes to ensure that workers with irregular hours receive their paid holiday entitlement, say Alex Fisher and Anna West at Travers Smith.

  • How The Rise Of Brand Activism Is Affecting Employment Law

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    As the choice of employer and its values is increasingly seen as an extension of an employee's personal brand, a number of employment law issues come to the fore, including employers' rights to restrict their employees' behaviors and employees' rights to express their own views, says James Davies at Lewis Silkin.

  • Changes The New UK PM May Bring To Workers' Rights

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    U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss is considering the removal of a significant number of EU regulations, which could lead to a reduction in rights for workers such as equal pay and holiday pay, arguably going against the principles of the U.K.-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, say Sean Nesbitt and Anneliese Amoah at Taylor Wessing.

  • What New French Whistleblower Law Means For Companies

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    A French law that recently entered into force broadens the definition of whistleblower and simplifies the reporting process, creating a new system that offers added protection but may well increase the number of reports made to authorities, say Alexandre Bisch and Fanny Gauthier at Debevoise.

  • Why Risk-Based Employee Conduct Policies Are Advisable

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    In establishing employee conduct policies, companies should consider the extent to which they are exposed to certain types of risk, such as bribery and corruption, as establishing clear written standards offers a step toward avoiding criminal liability, says Steve Melrose at Bellevue Law.

  • Steps Businesses Can Take To Mitigate AI Discrimination Bias

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    There are risks that artificial intelligence systems can result in actionable discrimination in recruitment and employment processes, and to mitigate bias businesses should ensure there is informed human involvement, putting in place suitable policy frameworks to reflect their values and positions on diversity, says David Lorimer at Fieldfisher.

  • New FCA Listing Rules May Start Regulatory Shift On Diversity

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    Listed companies that fail to meet new Financial Conduct Authority rules for minimum executive board diversity currently risk reputational damage mainly through social scrutiny, but should prepare for potential regulatory enforcement actions, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • The Case For Company-Directed Offensive ESG Litigation

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    Rather than treat environmental, social and governance litigation as a source of liability, there is a serious benefit for companies and their lawyers to evaluate and pursue offensive ESG litigation, says Bob Koneck at Woodsford.

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