Employment UK

  • March 21, 2024

    Autonomy Jury Hears Of 'Handshake Deal' To Pad Revenue

    A onetime Autonomy Corp. customer took the stand Thursday in the California federal criminal trial of former CEO Michael Lynch, describing a "handshake" deal to pay the company $7.5 million with the understanding the funds would be returned — part of an alleged plot to fraudulently inflate Autonomy's revenues.

  • March 21, 2024

    NHS Partially Overturns Clinic Manager's Age Harassment Win

    An NHS trust has fended off one of several age harassment claims brought by a septuagenarian after an appellate tribunal ruled that a series of incidents leading to her dismissal weren't linked because the discrimination was not ongoing.

  • March 21, 2024

    Lawyer Resurrects Case After 'Myriad' Of Emails Not Received

    A former solicitor at a law firm in the southeast of England has won a second shot at overturning his unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing claims, after an appellate judge found the lawyer had not been sent a "myriad" of necessary emails.

  • March 21, 2024

    Banned Barrister Had 'Lack Of Integrity' Appearing In Court

    A suspended barrister showed a "lack of integrity" by appearing in court after being banned from practicing for sending hostile emails and making false statements to a judge, a disciplinary tribunal ruled Thursday.

  • March 21, 2024

    Mental Health Org Mishandled Staffer's Misconduct Probe

    A mental health charity unfairly sacked a support worker following a botched investigation into allegations that he made inappropriate sexual comments to a woman and her children, a tribunal has ruled.

  • March 21, 2024

    LNER Wins Chance To Fight £4M Fine For Union Rules Breach

    Rail operator LNER on Thursday won permission to fight an order to pay more than £4.1 million ($5.2 million) for a breach of union laws after its predecessor allegedly made a pay offer directly to staff during collective negotiations.

  • March 21, 2024

    Alleged Modern Slavery Victim Sues Farm For Mistreatment

    A migrant fruit picker who is a suspected victim of modern slavery has sued a multinational farming company for unpaid wages, harassment, discrimination and victimization after she went on strike, her trade union representatives said on Thursday.

  • March 21, 2024

    Women 'Owed' Compensation Over State Pension Failings

    Women who were affected by the U.K. government's failure to inform them that their retirement age had changed are owed compensation for the state's failings, according to a much-anticipated report released Thursday by the parliamentary ombudsman.

  • March 21, 2024

    British Safety Council Calls For A Minister For Well-Being

    The British Safety Council has urged the government to appoint a well-being minister to promote welfare in the workplace at a time when illness is at a 10-year high and recent surveys suggest high stress levels and burnout among workers.

  • March 21, 2024

    ECJ Adviser Rejects Taxing Foreign Pension Funds Differently

    Taxing dividends paid to foreign public pension funds while exempting dividends paid to the source country's general retirement savings funds contravenes European Union law, an adviser to the bloc's highest court said Thursday, backing Finnish pension funds' challenge of a Swedish law.

  • March 20, 2024

    UK Pension Fraud Fund To Pay Out £416M To Victims By 2026

    The U.K.'s pension lifeboat scheme said Wednesday it expects to pay up to £416.7 million ($530 million) in compensation to members of pension schemes that have been hit by scams.

  • March 20, 2024

    Health And Safety Top Risk For Directors, Global Survey Says

    Health and safety is the top risk for directors and officers worldwide, according to a survey published Wednesday, in a "surprise" result partly attributed to the lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses and increasing mental health considerations.

  • March 20, 2024

    UK Gov't Dept And Lawyer Sued For 'Gender Critical' Network

    A lawyer working for the British government has said she is being sued for making "gender critical" comments, including saying that "only women menstruate."

  • March 20, 2024

    Anti-Vax Vegan Loses Work Claim Against Ambulance Service

    An ambulance worker who refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine because of his vegan beliefs has lost his discrimination claim after an employment tribunal ruled he was legally required to be vaccinated to work with vulnerable patients.

  • March 20, 2024

    Teacher Wins £39K After Rate Cut In Zero-Hours Contract

    An English language teacher has won £39,200 ($49,900) after she successfully claimed that being moved on to a zero-hours contract forced her to quit.

  • March 20, 2024

    Union Organizer Loses Holiday, COVID Hours Claim

    A union organizer suspended for three years during the coronavirus pandemic cannot claim that he did not receive holiday pay because he did not request to carry his unused days forward, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • March 20, 2024

    Employers' EDI Efforts 'Ineffective And Polarizing,' Gov't Says

    British employers "want to do the right thing" but are implementing equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives in an ineffective, polarizing and potentially unlawful way, according to a report released by the government on Wednesday.

  • 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.

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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