Employment UK

  • April 19, 2024

    Gov't Urged To Drop Plans For Small UK Pension Pots

    The government must abandon its controversial plans to tackle the proliferation of small pension pots and instead revisit a solution that was passed into law a decade ago, a consultancy said Friday.

  • April 18, 2024

    Ex-Autonomy CEO Wanted Whistleblower Fired, Ex-GC Says

    Former Autonomy CEO Michael Lynch thought a finance department whistleblower was "trying to destroy the company" and wanted him fired, the software company's former U.S. general counsel testified Thursday in a criminal fraud trial over claims Lynch conned HP into buying the British company at an inflated price of $11.7 billion.

  • April 18, 2024

    Police Inspector Can Relaunch Her Equal Pay Fight

    A female police inspector has won the chance to relaunch her equal pay battle against London's police force, with an appeal tribunal ruling Thursday that she had an arguable case that the force's part-time pay scheme discriminated against women.

  • April 18, 2024

    HMRC Opens Consultation On Payroll Tax In Freeports

    The U.K. tax authority is mulling changes to National Insurance, a payroll levy used to fund state pensions and healthcare, for employees working in special economic zones known as freeports.

  • April 18, 2024

    Womble Bond Told Post Office To Withhold Docs From Court

    Womble Bond Dickinson advised the Post Office to "suppress" key documents from the court "for as long as possible" in a case brought by wrongly prosecuted sub-postmasters, according to correspondence disclosed at the inquiry into the scandal Thursday.

  • April 18, 2024

    Head Of Chambers Accused Of Bullying By Expelled Barrister

    A barrister told an employment tribunal on Thursday that the head of an English criminal chambers put him through "absolute hell" by bullying him and trying to end his career before expelling him from the chambers.

  • April 18, 2024

    'Long Journey Ahead' On Dashboard Readiness, LCP Says

    Pension scheme trustees must finalize plans to be ready for the launch of a long-awaited dashboard program designed to connect savers with lost pots, a consultancy has said, warning that many still have a "long way to go."

  • April 18, 2024

    Slater And Gordon Wins Bid To Rebut Ex-Analyst's Appeal

    Slater and Gordon won permission on Thursday to challenge a former costs analyst's appeal that he was harassed for having mental illnesses after arguing that a lower tribunal's ruling suggests the accused individuals didn't know enough about his condition to have done so. 

  • April 18, 2024

    Insurer Group Warns Of Creating State Pensions Consolidator

    The U.K. trade body for insurers said on Thursday that turning the Pension Protection Fund into a state-backed consolidator for smaller retirement plans would be a major and unjustified intervention.

  • April 18, 2024

    Pensions Ombudsman Probing 6 Multimillion Pound Scams

    The pensions arbitration body has told MPs that it is currently investigating 425 possible retirement scams, including six that are similar in scope to the Norton Motorcycle scandal. 

  • April 17, 2024

    Ex-JPMorgan Analyst Liked 'Winding Up' Autonomy CEO, Jury Told

    A former JPMorgan stock analyst testifying Wednesday in the criminal fraud trial of former Autonomy CEO Michael Lynch said that he "took pleasure in winding up Lynch" and once even used a Hitler analogy to describe his performance, but said his critical coverage was never personal.

  • April 17, 2024

    Firefighter, Doctor Unions Lose Appeal Over Pensions Swap

    Trade unions representing firefighters and doctors lost an appeal Wednesday to help their members recover losses resulting from a change to pension plan rules after justices concluded that HM Treasury had the right to pass the cost on to scheme members.

  • April 17, 2024

    Gov't, Employers Face Pressure After Right To Strike Ruling

    The U.K. will face fresh pressure to improve protections for striking workers after the country's highest court declared Wednesday that part of a foundational trade union law is incompatible with employees' human rights.

  • April 17, 2024

    UK Wins Appeal Of Border Officer's Compressed Hours Case

    An appellate judge has told an employment tribunal to take another look at a pay discrimination claim by a Border Force officer against the security and immigration body, casting doubt on the earlier court decision to allow him to bring a second claim over the same pay policy.

  • April 17, 2024

    6,000 Tesco Workers Demand Documents In Equal Pay Case

    Thousands of Tesco staff whose equal pay claims have been stayed pending the outcome of a leading case argued in an appeal Wednesday that they should get all correspondence between the supermarket and the claimants in the lead case.

  • April 17, 2024

    Post Office Boss 'Exonerated' Over Bullying Allegations

    The U.K. Post Office said Wednesday that an investigation has "exonerated" its chief executive of bullying allegations after the probe emerged during a U.K. parliamentary hearing.

  • April 17, 2024

    'Non-Feminist' Staffer Fails To Prove Anti-Men Conspiracy

    The Environment Agency did not mistreat a sacked employee based on his non-feminist views, a tribunal has ruled, finding that his complaints were nothing more than simple workplace squabbles and deeming his views discriminatory in their own right.

  • April 17, 2024

    UK Savers Report £2B Lost From Pensions Since 2019

    The compensation program for financial services said Wednesday that thousands of U.K. savers have reported losing almost £2 billion from pension schemes that went bankrupt since 2019.

  • April 17, 2024

    Employers Can't Punish Workers For Striking, Top Court Rules

    Employers cannot punish workers for taking part in industrial action, the U.K.'s highest court ruled Wednesday, handing a major victory to trade unions amid disputes over new barriers to calling workers out on strike.

  • April 16, 2024

    Autonomy CEO Pressured JPMorgan Over Analyst, Jury Told

    An ex-JPMorgan stock analyst testifying Tuesday in the criminal fraud trial of former Autonomy CEO Michael Lynch told jurors that the software company founder responded with hostility when his research reports questioned its growth, and that Lynch offered JPMorgan millions in business if he were taken off the Autonomy beat.

  • April 16, 2024

    Dow Plant Worker Wins Unfair Dismissal Claim

    A former Dow Chemical Co. plant worker has won his unfair dismissal claim on appeal, after an employment judge ruled that the company's workplace changes were so detrimental to him that he was forced to quit.

  • April 16, 2024

    Charity Pushed Out Exec But Not Over Whistleblowing

    A charity unlawfully pushed its former head of governance out of the organization by treating her unfairly, but not because she voiced concerns that a property sale might violate industry regulations, an employment tribunal ruled.

  • April 16, 2024

    Amazon Staffer Wins Payout Over Early-Morning Health Check

    Amazon must pay its former employee £1,600 ($1,990) after it failed to accommodate his anxiety by demanding that he attend an early-morning occupational health appointment, a Scottish tribunal has ruled.

  • April 16, 2024

    Legal Experts Uneasy About Post Office Convictions Law

    Legal experts warned a parliamentary committee Tuesday that government plans to introduce legislation to quash the convictions of hundreds of Post Office branch managers could unintentionally set a precedent for other miscarriages of justice. 

  • April 16, 2024

    7,000 Asda Staff Lose Full Disclosure Bid In Equal Pay Case

    A tribunal ruled Tuesday that 7,000 Asda workers whose equal pay claims are stayed pending a lead group action cannot have access to all other claimants' correspondence with the supermarket ahead of the upcoming first battle.

Expert Analysis

  • Is It Time To Prosecute UK Cos. For Human Rights Violations?

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    The idea of holding companies criminally liable for human rights abuses committed overseas has gained traction over the past decade. Though the U.K. government has made it clear that it has no immediate plans for further legislation in this area, calls for corporate criminal liability are only likely to get louder, say Andrew Smith and Alice Lepeuple of Corker Binning.

  • UK Employment Law Risks In Cross-Border M&A

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    U.K. employment law has developed in myriad ways and continues to do so. The acquisition of U.K.-based companies or assets will therefore often give rise to employment law considerations that are unfamiliar to U.S. buyers, says Richard Moore of Lewis Silkin LLP.

  • 4 Questions About Whistleblowing In The UK And Beyond

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    Following the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's announcement of its biggest-ever Dodd-Frank whistleblower awards, Chris Warren-Smith of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP discusses whistleblowing in financial service industries in different jurisdictions with other Morgan Lewis attorneys based all around the world.

  • Revamping Contracts For GDPR: 3 Ways To Prepare

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    The EU's General Data Protection Regulation requirements — which take effect May 25 — create a substantial hurdle for thousands of companies worldwide and affect millions of vendor contracts, which now need to be reviewed, amended and potentially renegotiated, say Mathew Keshav Lewis and Zachary Foreman of Axiom Law.

  • Keys To Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance: Part 1

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    2018 may be the year that corporate social responsibility compliance becomes a core duty of in-house legal departments. Not only have legal requirements proliferated in recent years, but new disclosure requirements and more regulation are on the horizon, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • A Guide To Anti-Trafficking Compliance For Food Cos.

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    Despite the 2016 dismissal of federal human rights cases against food companies in California, a similar class action — Tomasella v. Hershey Co. — was recently filed in Massachusetts federal court, and it’s one that companies in the sector should watch closely, says Markus Funk of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Human Rights Benchmarks: A Primer For In-House Counsel

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    A number of corporate institutions and nongovernmental organizations have partnered together to “benchmark” how peer companies compare to each other in the area of human rights compliance. The reputational damage that these studies can cause should not be underestimated, say Viren Mascarenhas and Kayla Winarsky Green of King & Spalding LLP.

  • Basic Human Rights: Whose Job Is Enforcement?

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    The cases of Jesner v. Arab Bank and Doe v. Cisco Systems pose different legal tests under the Alien Tort Statute. But these decisions could hold major consequences for environmentalists, human rights activists and even individuals who have turned to ATS to go after transnational corporations, says Dan Weissman of LexisNexis.

  • Cos. Should Note Guidance From Gov'ts On Human Rights

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    Recent legislative and courtroom developments in the U.K., the U.S. and further afield may have a significant impact on human rights compliance requirements for companies doing business internationally, say attorneys with Covington & Burlington LLP.

  • Preparing For UK Litigation As A US Lawyer

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    Counsel fees, issue fees, risk of loss and the “additional” cost of a barrister mark significant differences between the U.K. and U.S. legal processes. The good news is that the bond between the U.K. and the U.S. arising out of our common history and law renders retaining and working with U.K. counsel seamless and rewarding, says Richard Reice of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.

  • Whistleblower Protection: When Private Turns Public

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    In Chesterton v. Nurmohamed, a U.K. appeals court recently found that disclosing a breach of a worker's contract may satisfy the public interest requirement for whistleblower protection if a sufficiently large number of other workers are affected. This decision may cause some concern for well-known employers, say Emma Vennesson and Katherine Newman of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Uber May Have Met Its Waterloo In Europe

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    Recent developments in Europe suggest that Uber’s business model — built on its claims that it is a digital platform between consumer and driver, not a transportation company, and that its workers are merely independent contractors, not employees governed by local labor laws — may be approaching collapse on the continent sooner than anticipated, says Thomas Dickerson of Herzfeld & Rubin PC.

  • Harmonizing US And UK Workplace Dress Codes

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    Given recent publicity surrounding workplace dress codes for women in both the U.S. and U.K., it's likely the issue will be subject to greater scrutiny going forward. Companies with an international reach must exercise particular caution when seeking to coordinate workplace dress codes across the business as considerations may differ widely, says Furat Ashraf of Bird & Bird.

  • Top 5 Business And Human Rights Concerns For Companies To Monitor

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    Businesses are being bombarded with information about their responsibilities toward global human rights and other nonfinancial efforts. According to Covington & Burling LLP attorneys Christopher Walter and Hannah Edmonds, U.K. businesses should be actively monitoring five key developments.

  • FCA's Work In Progress: Individual Accountability

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    In the case of the U.K. accountability regime, the sea change seems to have been more about the Financial Conduct Authority sending a message to firms, leaders and the public that things would be different — rather than replacing an ineffective regime. We anticipate a change within the financial services sector, as individuals are likely to want to eat more carrots and feel fewer sticks, say members of Taylor Wessing LLP.

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