Employment UK

  • April 24, 2024

    Post Office GC Didn't Know To Disclose Witness Misled Court

    As he gave evidence to an inquiry Wednesday, the Post Office's former general counsel said external law firm Cartwright King didn't tell him that the fact that an expert witness lied to the court when testifying against subpostmasters needed to be disclosed.

  • April 24, 2024

    Fire And Rehire Justified By Equal Pay Threat, Tesco Argues

    Retail giant Tesco argued to the U.K. Supreme Court on Wednesday that its decision to "fire and rehire" warehouse workers on less favorable contracts was justified because keeping its promise of a "permanent" pay supplement could have exposed the company to equal pay claims worth millions of pounds.

  • April 24, 2024

    EU Greenlights New Rights For Gig Economy Workers

    The European Parliament adopted new rules on Wednesday aimed at improving working conditions for up to 40 million gig economy workers, namely by introducing a legal presumption that they are employees from the first day on the job.

  • April 24, 2024

    Regulator Says Half Of Retirement Plans Ready For Buyout

    Half of the 5,000-plus defined benefit pension schemes in Britain are expected to have exceeded their estimated buyout funding levels, the Pensions Regulator said Wednesday, giving trustees and employers a chance to reassess their long-term objectives.

  • April 24, 2024

    Ex-England Footballer Banned As Director For Unpaid Tax

    Former England football international John Barnes has been banned from being a company director after his business failed to pay more than £190,000 ($236,000) in tax, a U.K. government agency announced on Wednesday.

  • April 24, 2024

    Network Rail Rejected Pension Expert Due To Age Bias

    An employment tribunal has ruled that Network Rail discriminated against an applicant to the pensions team because he was in his mid-50s, saying that the manager processing submissions barely glanced at his curriculum vitae.

  • April 24, 2024

    Osborne Clarke Guides Canada Life's £46M Lexmark Deal

    Insurer Canada Life has agreed to a £46 million ($57 million) buy-in with the pension scheme of printing business Lexmark Holdings Inc. in a transaction guided by Osborne Clarke LLP.

  • April 24, 2024

    Keoghs Beats 'Rude' Job Candidate's Discrimination Claim

    An employment tribunal has thrown out a race discrimination claim against law firm Keoghs LLP, ruling that it did not treat a Greek national unfairly by rescinding a job offer for his "rude and uncooperative" behavior in an onboarding meeting.

  • April 23, 2024

    Ex-Autonomy Tech Exec Doubted 'Bizarre' $6M Deal, Jury Told

    Autonomy's ex-chief technology officer testified Tuesday in the California federal fraud trial of former CEO Michael Lynch that he had concerns about Autonomy's "bizarre" 2010 deal to sell $6 million in repackaged hardware, which prosecutors allege was never delivered and was only used to artificially inflate Autonomy's revenues.

  • April 23, 2024

    Post Office GC Felt 'Scapegoated' Over Horizon Review

    The Post Office's former general counsel felt "scapegoated" over the conclusions of an independent report she commissioned into the IT system used to prosecute hundreds of innocent people, she told the inquiry into the scandal Tuesday.

  • April 23, 2024

    YMCA Exec Loses Claim That In-Office Rule Forced Her Out

    A senior employee at a YMCA hostel has lost her claim that she was forced to quit because bosses would not let her permanently switch to remote working, after an employment tribunal ruled it wasn't in her contract.

  • April 23, 2024

    Tesco Can't Renege On Pay Pledges, Union Tells Top UK Court

    Retail giant Tesco violated workers' contracts when it "fired and rehired" them so it could remove what it described as a "permanent" pay supplement, a British trade union argued to the U.K. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

  • April 23, 2024

    Worker Wins £71K For 'Shocking And Spiteful' Harassment

    The Cardiff Employment Tribunal has awarded an aspiring police constable over £71,000 ($88,000), after his former colleagues launched a campaign of "shocking and spiteful" harassment to blackmail him into withdrawing his claims by sabotaging his policing career.

  • April 23, 2024

    Great Western Fights Worker's Whistleblowing Win On Appeal

    British train operator Great Western Railway fought to overturn a worker's whistleblowing win Tuesday, arguing that a tribunal wrongly concluded that managers launched an "inadequate and partial" misconduct probe against him because he had sued the company years before.

  • April 23, 2024

    COVID-19 Has Disrupted Pension Life Expectancy Models

    Pension schemes have faced significant disruption to the way they calculate life-expectancy of their members as a result of the pandemic, a consultancy warned Tuesday.

  • April 23, 2024

    15 Pension Mega-Deals Forecast In Coming Months

    The U.K. pension deals market is set for another record year, with around 15 mega transactions worth up to £30 billion ($37 billion) expected to go ahead in the next few months, a retirement savings consultancy said Tuesday.

  • April 23, 2024

    Coughing Not A Disability For Axed Anti-Mask Care Worker

    A nursing company did not discriminate against a former staff member when it axed her for refusing to wear a face mask while visiting a patient's home, a tribunal has held, ruling that her coughing fits did not count as a disability or exempt her from the company's policies.

  • April 22, 2024

    Finance Biz. Sues Ex-Contractor For £1.6M Over Stolen Clients

    A finance company has accused a self-employed adviser of breaching obligations after exiting the company and taking more than a hundred customers worth £1.6 million ($1.9 million) of future income with her to a competitor. 

  • April 22, 2024

    Commerzbank Did Not Pay Analyst Less Due To His Gender

    Commerzbank did not pay an axed compliance analyst a lower salary than his female colleagues based on his sex, a London tribunal has held, ruling that the bank based its pay offers on salary expectations among other benchmarking factors.

  • April 22, 2024

    Seafarer Can't Sue Global Shipping Business In The UK

    A subsidiary of Swedish shipping company Stena AB has convinced an appellate judge that an employment tribunal must reconsider whether one of its former seafarers can sue the company in the U.K.

  • April 22, 2024

    Aviva Paid Over £413M In Group Protection Claims In 2023

    Aviva paid out more than £413.7 million ($509.6 million) in group protection claims to employees and their dependents in 2023, up from £373.9 million in 2022, according to a company report published Monday.

  • April 22, 2024

    NCA Investigator Sues Over Sexual Misconduct Sacking

    A former National Crime Agency investigator told a tribunal on Monday that the law enforcement body unfairly sacked him over allegations that he inappropriately touched female colleagues and a member of the public at a Christmas party.

  • April 22, 2024

    FCA Defends Response To British Steel Pension Scandal

    The Financial Conduct Authority on Monday said it took "appropriate regulatory action" amid complaints over its handling of the British Steel Pension Scheme transfer scandal and would not uphold any of the grievances it has received over its approach.

  • April 22, 2024

    Pension Lifeboat Says Gov't Plans Could Create £10B Finance

    The pensions compensation fund said that plans to give it a new role as a consolidator of smaller retirement schemes could result in an additional £10 billion being plowed into U.K. growth assets.

  • April 22, 2024

    Law Firm Forced Staffer To Quit Amid Quarrel With Partner

    A law firm unfairly pushed a member of staff to quit by stripping her of a vital part of her role soon after she complained about the hostile conduct of one of the partners, a tribunal has ruled.

Expert Analysis

  • Addressing Environmental Justice As Part Of ESG Initiatives

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    Recent calls for racial equity and government regulators' increasing focus on social and environmental concerns make this a good time for companies to integrate environmental justice into their environmental, social and governance efforts, say Stacey Halliday and Julius Redd at Beveridge & Diamond, and Jesse Glickstein at Hewlett Packard.

  • 2 UK Pension Cases Guide On 3rd-Party Due Diligence

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    The U.K. Court of Appeal's recent decision in Adams v. Options UK, and upcoming hearing in Financial Conduct Authority v. Avacade, highlight important precautions self-invested personal pension operators should take when dealing with unauthorized third parties, says Paul Ashcroft at Wedlake Bell.

  • US Cos. Must Get Ready For EU Human Rights, Climate Policy

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    The European Union will likely adopt new human rights and climate change regulations for corporations — so U.S. companies and investors should assess their risk exposure and implement compliance processes tailored to their industries, locations and supply chains, say David Lakhdhir and Mark Bergman at Paul Weiss.

  • What Growing Focus On ESG Means For Insurers

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    As the world pays steadily more attention to environmental, social and governance issues, insurers and reinsurers will need to integrate ESG risks into their underwriting and compliance efforts, but doing so will help attract consumers and achieve positive investment returns, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • 5 Ways To Address Heightened Forced Labor Compliance Risk

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    In response to ever-increasing enforcement efforts targeting forced labor, companies can leverage available resources to assess conditions in their supply chains and avoid unintended imports and exports with entities known for human rights violations, say Joyce Rodriguez and Francesca Guerrero at Thompson Hine.

  • UK Whistleblowing Laws May Be Ripe For Reform

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    COVID-19 has reignited calls to expand U.K. whistleblowing laws, with many advocating for enhanced reporting protections and independent oversight of cases, says Pia Sanchez at CM Murray.

  • G4S Deferral Agreement Illustrates SFO's Enforcement Focus

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    The Serious Fraud Office’s recent deferred prosecution agreement with multinational security services company G4S suggests the agency’s approach to compliance, program remediation and corporate renewal is evolving to favor parent company involvement and the appointment of independent compliance monitors, say Chris Roberts and James Ford at Mayer Brown.

  • Opinion

    Time To Fix Human Rights Abuses In US Gov't Supply Chains

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    The U.S. government buys goods made in global supply chains where human and labor rights violations are commonplace, so to drive better rights compliance among contractors, it should adopt six key reforms to the federal procurement process, says Isabelle Glimcher at the New York University Stern School of Business.

  • Opinion

    Reflections On The UK Bribery Act 10 Years On

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    While the U.K. Bribery Act has been positive overall, regulators should seek urgent reform to better enable the investigation and prosecution of companies and individuals for economic crimes, especially in cases directly harming people and the environment, says Chris Phillips at Alvarez & Marsal.

  • Human Rights Are Becoming A Compliance Issue

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    A recent commitment from the European Union's commissioner for justice to introduce rules for mandatory corporate human rights due diligence next year may signal the arrival of this issue as a global business imperative, making it as fundamental as anti-corruption diligence, say attorneys at Paul Hastings.

  • 5 Steps For Keeping Supply Chains Free Of Uighur Slavery

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    In light of a March report identifying 83 global brands suspected of supply chain links to forced labor of Uighurs — an ethnic minority long targeted by the Chinese government — companies should adopt certain procedures to identify red flags in their own supply chains, say Benjamin Britz and Rayhan Asat at Hughes Hubbard.

  • Perspectives

    Addressing Modern Slavery Inside And Outside The UK

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    As the problem of modern slavery persists, U.K. companies must take a broad approach when rooting out slave labor in their supply chains, and should not ignore the risk posed by suppliers within the U.K., says Maria Theodoulou of Stokoe.

  • UK Antitrust Watchdog Proposals Would Bolster Enforcement

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    The U.K. Competition and Markets Authority's proposals for reshaping competition enforcement and consumer protection would shift the historical balance in U.K. competition policy, increasing regulatory burden on companies while weakening judicial scrutiny of CMA actions, says Bill Batchelor of Skadden.

  • UK's New 'Name And Shame' Approach To Anti-Trafficking

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    There has been considerable anxiety and speculation from companies over the annual transparency statement required by the U.K. Modern Slavery Act, but a recent tender announcement from the U.K. Home Office provides key insights into what to expect, say attorneys with Perkins Coie.

  • A Victory For Legal Privilege In Cross-Border Investigations

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    The U.K. Court of Appeal's recent decision in Serious Fraud Office v. Eurasian Natural Resources is a substantial step toward confirming the application of legal privilege in internal investigations, and has significantly reduced the divergence in U.K. and U.S. privilege law, say attorneys with Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP.

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