Employment UK

  • March 01, 2024

    Sales Rep's COVID Home Working Unfair Firing Claim Revived

    A key worker can reargue a claim that his employer unfairly fired him for refusing to work in the office because of COVID-19 because a lower judge failed to consider a key legal test before tossing his case, an appeals tribunal said Friday.

  • March 01, 2024

    Tribunal To Rehear Worker's Firing Over COVID Hybrid Ask

    An employment tribunal judge failed to fully examine a salesman's requests for hybrid work during the COVID-19 pandemic, an appellate panel has ruled after finding this might have saved his automatic unfair dismissal claim.

  • March 01, 2024

    London Council Staff Win Union Reps After Deal

    A major British trade union announced on Friday that it had won union recognition for over 1,200 employees at a London council, a move the union says will help protect workers.

  • March 01, 2024

    Ex-Stobart CEO Fights To Argue Conspiracy As A Shareholder

    Stobart Group's former chief executive should not be allowed to retry his claim that he was the victim of a conspiracy to remove him as chair, the company now known as Esken Ltd. told a London court on Friday.

  • March 01, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen a legal battle between confectionary heavyweight Mars Wrigley UK and a frozen food manufacturer, a trademark infringement claim by Abbott Diabetes Care over glucose monitoring meters, Mercedes-Benz Group hit with two commercial fraud disputes, and the Mediterranean Shipping Company tackle a cargo claim by an insurance company. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • February 29, 2024

    Housing Trust Workers Score Partial Win In Racial Bias Case

    An employment tribunal has found that one of the U.K.'s largest housing associations failed to ensure that its internal recruitment process avoided racial bias, upholding a discrimination claim brought by two mixed-race employees.

  • February 29, 2024

    Law Firm Sued Over Advice To Driver Injured On The Job

    A delivery driver who says he was injured dodging frozen fish boxes that fell at work has accused JMW Solicitors LLP of filing his compensation claim against the wrong defendant to avoid a conflict of interest with a valuable client.

  • February 29, 2024

    HMRC Uncovers Complex Offshore Tax Avoidance Scheme

    The U.K. tax authority said Thursday that it had exposed a complex tax avoidance scheme operating through a Singapore-based company.

  • February 29, 2024

    Tesco Splits Hairs Over 'Relevant' Job Facts In Pay Appeal

    Retail giant Tesco Stores Ltd. argued on Thursday that the approach taken to comparing the jobs of female shop workers to those of higher-paid male distribution center staff was "too restrictive," in the latest battle over the women's claim for equal pay.

  • February 29, 2024

    Police Federation Liable For 9,500 Pension Payouts

    The Police Federation of England and Wales is on the hook to compensate thousands of its members after a group won its legal battle over a pension scheme that gave young officers worse benefits than older colleagues, a tribunal has ruled.

  • February 29, 2024

    MPs Quiz Watchdog On Chaos At Local Gov't Pension Fund

    A group of senior MPs has asked the pensions watchdog about the steps it has taken to tackle disruption at a local government retirement fund where thousands of savers have faced delays in receiving their benefits.

  • February 29, 2024

    UK Pension 'Surplus Extraction' Changes Could Unlock £340B

    Government proposals to use the surplus held in defined benefit pension schemes could unlock £340 billion ($430 billion) for investment in U.K. businesses or payments for members, according to PwC.

  • February 29, 2024

    Care Worker Accused Of Being 'Suddenly Muslim' Wins Case

    A London council discriminated against a care worker because of his religion by saying he "suddenly became a Muslim" when he asked to take Fridays off to go to the mosque, a tribunal has ruled.

  • February 29, 2024

    Pensions Watchdog Chief Under Fire As Staff Strike Again

    Workers at the U.K. pensions watchdog started a 12-day walkout on Thursday, criticizing the "head-in-the-sand attitude" of the regulator's chief executive and claiming she has ignored their requests to resolve a months-long pay dispute.

  • February 28, 2024

    Home Care Business Unfairly Fired Carer Over 'Joke Email'

    A former carer has won her unfair dismissal claim after a tribunal ruled that her employer didn't do a thorough enough investigation when firing her for sending a companywide "joke email" about her supervisor exposing herself at work.

  • February 28, 2024

    Solicitor Fights To Revive Case Over Sex, Age Discrimination

    A solicitor launched a bid in an appeal tribunal to revive his sex and age discrimination claims against an English law firm Wednesday, arguing that a judge should not have struck them out over his failure to disclose documents.

  • February 28, 2024

    Insurer To Pay £15K To End Abuse Payout Row With Ex-Vicar

    The Church of England's main insurer has agreed to pay £15,000 ($18,950) in a settlement to resolve a dispute over a former vicar's liability for money the insurer paid to settle victims' claims after he was convicted of child abuse.

  • February 28, 2024

    Post Office Confirms Investigation Into Own CEO

    The U.K. Post Office has confirmed that its chief executive is facing an investigation after the former chair alleged that the CEO had considered resigning amid the probe and the ongoing scandal over the wrongful convictions of subpostmasters.

  • February 28, 2024

    Debt Recovery Ex-Exec Loses Pay Gap Challenge

    A former manager at a debt recovery company has failed to show that a pay gap was discriminatory, with a tribunal ruling that bosses were commercially pressured to pay three male co-workers more or risk losing them to a rival.

  • February 28, 2024

    Profit Warnings Rise For Pension Scheme Sponsors

    One in five U.K.-listed companies with a defined benefit pension scheme issued a profit warning in 2023, according to research published by EY-Parthenon, marking a year that "exceeded levels" seen at the peak of the financial crisis.

  • February 28, 2024

    Pension Bodies Call For Investment Regulation Overhaul

    The government must boost levels of pension savings, consolidate funds and offer new opportunities for investing in illiquid assets if it wants the sector to contribute to U.K. growth, two trade bodies have said.

  • February 27, 2024

    NDAs Being Used To Conceal Illegal Conduct, Law Body Says

    The Legal Services Board said Wednesday that it has found evidence that lawyers are using non-disclosure agreements to cover up their clients' illegal practices as it considers tightening rules to protect workers and consumers.

  • February 27, 2024

    EX-NMC Health Group CFO Denies Knowledge Of $4.7B Fraud

    The former chief financial officer of United Arab Emirates healthcare group NMC has denied he was involved in a $4.7 billion fraud that administrators allege saw cash siphoned off from the firm for himself and its founder, claiming it was concealed from him.

  • February 27, 2024

    Struck-Off Lawyer Claims Mental Incapacity In Prison Appeal

    A struck-off solicitor on Tuesday challenged her one-year prison sentence for failing to hand over documents to a legal watchdog's investigation, telling an appellate court that proceedings should have been halted after concerns were raised about her mental capacity.

  • February 27, 2024

    Deliveroo Told Partners To Call Police On Strikers, Union Says

    A couriers' union has accused Deliveroo of encouraging restaurants to call the police on delivery drivers who went on strike for better pay and conditions after the U.K. Supreme Court ruled that they could not benefit from workers' rights.

Expert Analysis

  • Water Special Administration Changes May Affect Creditors

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    Following the publication of new legislation, changes are afoot to the U.K. government's statutory regime governing special administrations for regulated water companies — and one consequence may be that some creditors of such companies will find themselves in a more uncertain position, say Helena Clarke and Charlotte Møller at Squire Patton.

  • Opinion

    Labour Should Reconsider Its Discrimination Law Plans

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    While the Labour Party's recent proposals allowing equal pay claims based on ethnicity and disability, and introducing dual discrimination, have laudable intentions and bring some advantages, they are not the right path forward as the changes complicate the discrimination claim process for employees, say Colin Leckey and Tarun Tawakley at Lewis Silkin.

  • Tracing The History Of LGBTQ+ Rights In The Workplace

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    Pride History month is a timely reminder of how recent developments have shaped LGBTQ+ employees' rights in the workplace today, and what employers can do to ensure that employees are protected from discrimination, including creating safe workplace cultures and promoting allyship, say Caitlin Farrar and Jessica Bennett at Farrer.

  • Ruling In FCA Case Offers Tips On Flexible Work Requests

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    In Wilson v. Financial Conduct Authority, the Employment Tribunal recently found that the regulator's rejection of a remote work request was justified, highlighting for employers factors that affect flexible work request outcomes, while emphasizing that individual inquiries should be considered on the specific facts, say Frances Rollin, Ella Tunnell and Kerry Garcia at Stevens & Bolton.

  • Breaking Down The New UK Pension Funding Regs

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    Recently published U.K. pension regulations, proposing major changes to funding and investing in defined benefit pension schemes, raise implementation considerations for trustees, including the importance of the employer covenant, say Charles Magoffin and Elizabeth Bullock at Freshfields.

  • Pension Scheme Ruling Elucidates Conversion Issues

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    In Newell Trustees v. Newell Rubbermaid UK Services, the High Court recently upheld a pension plan's conversion of final salary benefits to money purchase benefits, a welcome conclusion that considered several notable issues, such as how to construe pension deeds and when contracts made outside scheme rules can determine benefits, say Ian Gordon and Jamie Barnett at Gowling.

  • Workplace Bullying Bill Implications For Employers And Execs

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    In light of the upcoming parliamentary debate on the Bullying and Respect at Work Bill, organizations should consider how a statutory definition of "workplace bullying" could increase employee complaints and how senior executives would be implicated if the bill becomes law, says Sophie Rothwell at Charles Russell.

  • Amazon's €32M Data Protection Fine Acts As Employer Caveat

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    The recent decision by French data privacy regulator CNIL to fine Amazon for excessive surveillance of its workers opens up a raft of potential employment law, data protection and breach of contract issues, and offers a clear warning that companies need coherent justification for monitoring employees, say Robert Smedley and William Richmond-Coggan at Freeths.

  • Employers Can 'Waive' Goodbye To Unknown Future Claims

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    The Scottish Court of Session's recent decision in Bathgate v. Technip Singapore, holding that unknown future claims in a qualifying settlement agreement can be waived, offers employers the possibility of achieving a clean break when terminating employees and provides practitioners with much-needed guidance on how future cases might be dealt with in court, says Natasha Nichols at Farrer & Co.

  • Why Investment In Battery Supply Chain Is Important For UK

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    The recently published U.K. battery strategy sets out the government’s vision for a globally competitive battery supply chain, and it is critical that the U.K. secures investment to maximize opportunities for economic prosperity and net-zero transition, say lawyers at Watson Farley & Williams.

  • Ruling Elucidates Tensions In Assessing Employee Disability

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    An employment tribunal's recent decision, maintaining that dermatitis was not a disability, but stress was, illustrates tensions in the interaction between statutory guidance on reasonable behavior modifications and Equality Act measures, says Suzanne Nulty at Weightmans.

  • ECJ Ruling Triggers Reconsiderations Of Using AI In Hiring

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    A recent European Court of Justice ruling, clarifying that the General Data Protection Regulation could apply to decisions made by artificial intelligence, serves as a warning to employers, as the use of AI in recruitment may lead to more discrimination claims, say Dino Wilkinson and James Major at Clyde & Co.

  • Supreme Court Ruling Is A Gift To Insolvency Practitioners

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    As corporate criminal liability is in sharp focus, the Supreme Court's recent decision in Palmer v. Northern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court that administrators are not company officers and should not be held liable under U.K. labor law is instructive in focusing on the substance and not merely the title of a person's role within a company, say lawyers at Greenberg Traurig.

  • More Remains To Be Done To Achieve Gender Parity In Law

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    Significant strides have been made over the years to improve gender diversity in the legal profession, but the pay gap, lack of workplace flexibility and uneven child care burden remain significant challenges to progress, says Caroline Green at Browne Jacobson.

  • Key Employer Lessons From 2023 Neurodiversity Case Uptick

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    The rise in neurodiversity cases in U.K. employment tribunals last year emphasizes the growing need for robust occupational health support, and that employers must acknowledge and adjust for individuals with disabilities in their workplaces to ensure compliance and foster a neurodiverse-friendly work environment, says Emily Cox at Womble Bond.

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