Employment UK

  • March 25, 2024

    Muslim Doctor Loses Bias Case Over Hospital Uniform Policy

    A Muslim ophthalmologist was not discriminated against when she was berated for not rolling her sleeves up in a restricted surgery area, an employment tribunal has ruled, saying her bosses were just following uniform and infection prevention policies.

  • March 25, 2024

    UK Firms To Get More Influence On Pension Fund Investing

    British companies will probably enjoy greater sway over the investment decisions taken by their pension plans under new rules being considered by The Pensions Regulator, a consultancy said on Monday.

  • March 25, 2024

    Pro Golfer Wins £20K After Club Axed Him Over 'Savile Joke'

    A tribunal has ordered a country club to pay a professional golfer £19,800 ($25,000) after bosses unfairly fired him amid allegations that he compared a co-worker to Jimmy Savile, an infamous sexual predator, and made other sexual comments to colleagues.

  • March 22, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen the BBC and Wall to Wall Media hit with a passing off lawsuit by musician BOSSIIE, Poundland parent company Pepco Group file a commercial fraud claim against several mobile network giants, family law specialists Alexiou Fisher Philipps LLP start proceedings against former oil trader Michael Prest, and a transgender lawyer file a libel claim against a blogger. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 22, 2024

    Peer, Biz Beat Harassment Appeal After Evidence Destroyed

    A major U.K. wholesaler and its Conservative Party peer owner have beaten an appeal from an employee who was sexually harassed by the company's head of finance after a tribunal found the employee had deliberately destroyed evidence.

  • March 22, 2024

    UK Gov't Finds £571.6M State Pension Shortfall

    The government has discovered it has underpaid pensioners to the tune of £571.6 million ($721.2 million), but experts say the figure is only a fraction of the expected total shortfall.

  • March 22, 2024

    Sales Manager Unfairly Fired For Brief Dip In Performance

    A pharmaceutical company jumped the gun by unfairly axing a sales manager after his performance briefly dipped in the wake of the pandemic, a tribunal has ruled.

  • March 22, 2024

    Lockdown — As Told Through Litigation

    Four years on from the U.K.'s first COVID-19 lockdown, employment tribunal claims provide a glimpse of how quickly and dramatically the pandemic changed occupational norms.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • UK Tribunal Ruling Sheds Light On Workplace Speech Issues

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    The U.K. Employment Appeal Tribunal's recent judgment in Higgs v. Farmor's School — concerning a Christian employee dismissed for allegedly anti-LGBT social media posts — highlights factors that employers should consider in tricky situations involving employees' speech, says Anna Bond at Lewis Silkin.

  • Tackling Global Inflation Is A Challenge For Antitrust Agencies

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    Recent events have put pressure on antitrust agencies to address the global cost-of-living crisis, but the relationship between competition and inflation is complex, and with competition agencies’ reluctance to act as price regulators, enforcement is unlikely to have a meaningful impact, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • Employment Tribunal Data Offers Workplace Practice Insights

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    A breakdown of the Ministry of Justice's recent Employment Tribunal figures shows shifting trends among employees, and potential challenges and possible improvement areas for employers, and if the data continues to be published, it could play an essential part in clearing the fast-growing backlog of tribunal matters, says Gemma Clark at Wright Hassall.

  • Unpacking The Rwanda Policy Appeal Decision

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    The Court of Appeal recently declared the U.K. government's Rwanda policy unlawful in AAA v. Secretary of State, but given that this was only on the basis that Rwanda is not currently a safe third country, it is possible that the real risk of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights breaches will be obviated, says Alex Papasotiriou at Richmond Chambers.

  • Opinion

    Why Menstrual Leave Policies May Be Counterproductive

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    Efforts to introduce U.K. standards on leave for menstruation, which in practice has been narrowly applied, may be distracting focus from pay gap and family rights laws, and robust sick leave policies that may be more relevant to tackling gender equality in the workplace, say Sean Nesbitt and Sophie Davidson at Taylor Wessing.

  • Opinion

    UK Noncompete Cap Will Not Grow Business As Intended

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    The U.K. government's recent response to its 2020 consultation on restrictive covenants has not given any obvious consideration to the position of employers, as there is no evidence supporting its proposition that limiting noncompetes to three months will assist recruitment and help employees find new jobs at often higher pay, says David Whincup at Squire Patton.

  • Workplace Neurotech Requires A Balance Of Risk And Reward

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    The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office's recently released a report on neurotech, and while such technologies could unlock a stubbornly low productivity stagnation, they pose employer data compliance questions and potential employee discrimination risks, say Ingrid Hesselbo and Ben Milloy at Fladgate.

  • ITV Scandal Offers Important Considerations On HR Policies

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    The recent resignation of former ITV host Phillip Schofield after admitting to an affair with a younger staff member raises questions on employers' duty of care and highlights the need for not only having the right internal policies in place but also understanding and applying them, says Hina Belitz at Excello Law.

  • What The Italian Whistleblowing Decree Means For Employers

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    The new Italian whistleblowing decree, guidelines to which must be adopted by authorities this week, represents a major milestone in protecting employees by broadening employers' obligations, and it is essential that multinational companies with an interest in Italy verify their compliance with the more stringent requirements, say lawyers at Studio Legale Chiomenti.

  • What TPR's Guidance On DEI Means For Pensions Industry

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    The Pension Regulator is one of the first regulators to issue guidance on equality, diversity and inclusion, and employers and trustees should incorporate its advice by developing policies and monitoring progress to ensure that improvements are made regularly, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • 10 Tips On Drafting A Company Code Of Ethics

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    In light of a recent report that less than 50% of companies on the FTSE 250 and 350 indexes have a code of ethics, it is clear that more organizations should be informed of the reasons for having one, like reducing risk and solidifying commitment to integrity, and how to implement it, says Shiv Haria-Shah at Fieldfisher.

  • Breaking Down Germany's New Whistleblower Protection Act

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    Germany recently passed a whistleblowing law, which will bring new obligations for companies, and businesses with more than 50 employees must now check whether they have adequate reporting lines in place and properly staffed functions to handle whistleblower reports, say Mark Zimmer and Katharina Humphrey at Gibson Dunn.

  • UK Case Shows Risks Of Taking Shortcuts In Fund Payments

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    While the High Court recently reversed a decision in Floreat Investment Management v. Churchill, finding that investors routing funds into their own accounts was not dishonest, the case serves as a cautionary tale on the dangers of directing investment funds other than as contractually provided, say lawyers at Dechert.

  • How The UK Employment Court Backlogs Jeopardize Justice

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    While employment tribunal case delays may not top the agenda of new Secretary of State for Justice Alex Chalk, recent data reveals deep and long-term issues, including a staggering half a million current or former employees waiting for their case to trudge forward in the queue, says Heather Wilmot at ARAG.

  • A First Look At UK's Reform Approach To EU Employment Law

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    The U.K. government's recent proposal on EU employment laws is relatively modest, retaining the post-Brexit law in areas such as recording working hours and holiday pay calculations, and assuaging predictions of a bonfire of EU employment rights, say Sally Hulston and James Davies at Lewis Silkin.

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