Employment UK

  • June 12, 2024

    Fix Pension Transfer Rules As 'Matter Of Urgency,' Gov't Told

    The Department for Work and Pensions must take immediate and urgent action to address a string of "unnecessary points of friction" around pension transfer flagging rules, wealth management company Quilter PLC said Wednesday.

  • June 12, 2024

    Gymbox Owner Takes Hit In Wage Spar With Ex-Trainer

    London's Gymbox chain must face claims that it owes a personal trainer unpaid wages after an employment tribunal found that the instructor wasn't self-employed during specific tasks, despite contracts indicating that he was.

  • June 12, 2024

    Gowling, Eversheds Steer £125M Med. Nonprofit Pension Deal

    Pension insurance company Rothesay said it has completed a £125 million ($160 million) full scheme buy-in with a plan sponsored by The nonprofit Medical Protection Society Ltd., in a deal steered by Gowling WLG and Eversheds Sutherland.

  • June 12, 2024

    Female Marketer Unfairly Barred From Meeting Over Gender

    A wastewater company harassed its marketing director based on her sex by banning her from a meeting with a Japanese prospective buyer because of the East Asian country's perceived culture of eschewing women in such scenarios, a tribunal has ruled.

  • June 12, 2024

    Marsh Unit Buys $66B UK Pensions Provider Cardano

    A unit of U.S. professional services giant Marsh McLennan has bought $66 billion U.K. pensions provider Cardano, in a deal guided by Norton Rose Fulbright LLP.

  • June 12, 2024

    Recruitment Agency Boss Wins Libel Appeal At Top UK Court

    A recruitment boss and her agency won an appeal against a former employee's libel claims on Wednesday as the highest U.K. court ruled that claimants cannot recover damages for injury to feelings if they do not also suffer financial loss.

  • June 11, 2024

    5 Tory Manifesto Pledges Employers Should Know

    A surprise pledge to cut national insurance was the standout employment policy in the Conservative Party’s election manifesto published on Tuesday. Here are the other takeaways for employers.

  • June 11, 2024

    KC Advised Post Office To Remove Judge From Horizon Trial

    A top barrister advised the Post Office to get a High Court judge to recuse himself from a trial dealing with wrongly prosecuted subpostmasters or else risk losing all litigation brought by the subpostmasters, the barrister recalled in an inquiry hearing Tuesday regarding the scandal.

  • June 11, 2024

    Surgeon Fights To Overturn Loss In Race Discrimination Case

    A surgeon urged the Court of Appeal on Tuesday to revive his race discrimination claim against the medical profession's regulator, arguing that an appellate tribunal was wrong to find that an investigation into him was not racially motivated.

  • June 11, 2024

    Deutsche Bank Trader Fights For Compensation 'Assurances'

    Deutsche Bank executives gave "assurances" about compensation that the lender must now abide by, a former trader told the High Court in London on Tuesday as she sued for breach of contract.

  • June 11, 2024

    Tesco Loses Race Bias Claim Over Vibrator Joke Gift

    Tesco discriminated against a British Pakistani manager by rushing through a misconduct investigation after the manager gave a vibrator as a secret Santa gift and other allegedly harassing incidents, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • June 11, 2024

    NHS Board Discriminated Against 'Antivaxxer' Sonographer

    A National Health Service board harassed a sonographer and discriminated against her after her inability to wear a face mask during the COVID pandemic led bosses to label her an "antivaxxer," a tribunal has ruled.

  • June 11, 2024

    Industry Groups Want Post-Election Pensions Review

    The next government must urgently carry out a review of pension savings adequacy soon after taking power in order to stave off a looming retirement crisis, a coalition of industry bodies and experts warned.

  • June 11, 2024

    Sunak Pledges Further Tax Cuts In Election Manifesto

    Rishi Sunak said on Tuesday that his Conservative Party would establish a tax system that "rewards work" by slashing a range of levies if it wins the general election, including another cut in the national payroll tax by 2027.

  • June 11, 2024

    IBM Worker Off Sick For 10 Years Loses Pay-Rise Appeal

    A disabled IBM worker has lost his appeal in a claim that he was entitled to a pay rise because he remained employed by the global technology company during his decade-long medical retirement, an appellate tribunal has ruled.

  • June 10, 2024

    Outsourcer Gets Partial Win In Worker COVID Leave Appeal

    A civil enforcement outsourcer got a second shot at defeating claims that it discriminated against a Polish worker by sanctioning him for overstaying his leave during the pandemic, an Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled.

  • June 10, 2024

    Man Gets 1 Year For Manslaughter Of Ex-Boss In 2006 Attack

    An Albanian man was sentenced to a year in prison Monday for killing his former boss, after the Crown Prosecution Service linked the victim's life-altering head injuries from an attack nearly two decades ago to his death in 2017.

  • June 10, 2024

    Union Federation Botched Worker Investigation, Tribunal Says

    A tribunal has upheld the unfair dismissal claims of two trade unionists who were accused of misconduct, ruling there was not enough evidence against the pair in light of their employer's poor investigation against them.

  • June 10, 2024

    Disney Dodges Child Actor's Late Discrimination Claim

    Disney avoided facing a child actor's discrimination case after a tribunal ruled that there was no good explanation for her mother waiting 10 months after the deadline to submit the claim on her behalf.

  • June 10, 2024

    Next Gov't To Face Tough Pension Decisions, IFS Warns

    The next government will need to make some urgent decisions on pension reforms to ensure future retirees are protected, an influential think-tank has warned ahead of the July 4 general election.

  • June 10, 2024

    Lib Dems Vow To Raise Capital Gains Tax For UK's Wealthiest

    The U.K.'s third-largest political party vowed on Monday to raise taxes on the country's wealthiest individuals if it wins the next election, in a bid to raise £5 billion ($6.4 billion) for the National Health Service.

  • June 10, 2024

    Amazon Sold Facial Tech To Russia, Ex-Employee Alleges

    A former Amazon worker has alleged that the technology giant sold facial recognition software to a Russian company in violation of U.K. sanctions.

  • June 10, 2024

    10% Of Early Pension Dippers Regret Withdrawals

    Approximately one in 10 retirees aged 55 and older who withdrew money from their pension before retirement said they regretted doing so, a retirement savings company said on Monday.

  • June 10, 2024

    What Tax Experts Hope To See In Labour's Manifesto

    Labour's policy manifesto, expected to be unveiled on Thursday, will be studied by tax lawyers for more detail on the fiscal planning being carried out by the clear favorite to win the general election, including a final word on lifetime pension savings.

  • June 07, 2024

    Police Officers Win Case For Rest Breaks While On Standby

    Humberside police officers won their claim that time on standby counts as working time, entitling them to take daily rest breaks that were previously refused, an employment tribunal has ruled.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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