Employment UK

  • February 20, 2024

    Sodexo OK To Sack Prison Officer Over 'Torrent Of Abuse'

    An employment tribunal has ruled that prison management company Sodexo rightly fired a prison officer for gross misconduct after a prisoner accused him of a "torrent of abuse."

  • February 20, 2024

    Fire Brigade Workers Fight To Overturn Pensions Loss

    The firefighters union urged an appeals court on Tuesday to overturn its failed bid to prove that HM Treasury unfairly distributed costs when compensating workers who had received unlawful pensions in the past, arguing that the policy caused sex, age and race discrimination.

  • February 20, 2024

    Firm Faces Claim From Cleaner Fired For Eating Leftovers

    A cleaner is planning to sue a London law firm and its private cleaning contractor after bosses allegedly fired her for eating a tuna sandwich that lawyers had left behind after a meeting, a trade union has said.

  • February 20, 2024

    Aspiring Judge Loses Race Bias Case Over Failed Application

    An Asian-British solicitor has lost his case accusing a High Court judge of downgrading his application for a judicial post because he wasn't white, with a tribunal concluding that his failure had "nothing whatsoever" to do with his race.

  • February 20, 2024

    Uni Unfairly Fired Lecturer But Fair Dismissal Was Inevitable

    A tribunal has awarded a senior lecturer one week's salary in damages after ruling that his university unfairly sacked him following a procedural redundancy failure but would have fairly dismissed him a week later.

  • February 20, 2024

    Royal Parks Contractors Appeal For Equal Pay With Staff

    Britain's Royal Parks racially discriminated against its cleaners by approving a contract that paid them less than its employees, a group of workers argued at an appeals court Tuesday in a case that could force employers across the U.K. to revisit similar arrangements.

  • February 20, 2024

    Pension Transfers Could Cost Savers £70K In Retirement

    Pensioners-to-be in the U.K. could lose about £70,000 ($88,500) in retirement when transferring their pension pot due to a lack of understanding of key information such as financial charges, according to recent research.

  • February 20, 2024

    Pension Numbers Shrink As Funding Grows, Watchdog Says

    The number of defined benefit pension schemes in the U.K. has decreased by 2% since 2022, according to a report published Tuesday by The Pensions Regulator that shows that funding levels for retirement savings plans are continuing to improve.

  • February 20, 2024

    Soccer Club Unfairly Axed Coach Over N-Word Allegations

    A top-tier English soccer club unfairly sacked a part-time coach after mishandling its investigation into allegations that he said a racist slur to a colleague, a tribunal has ruled.

  • February 19, 2024

    Barrister Disbarred For Pocketing £149K In VAT Payments

    A barrister was ordered to be disbarred on Monday after he admitted to receiving value-added tax on his professional fees despite not being registered for it, with a tribunal saying he acted dishonestly and that his behavior amounted to "serious misconduct."

  • February 19, 2024

    Sex Offense Suspect Can't Get Evidence From BBC

    An anonymous, internationally known figure under investigation for alleged serious sexual offenses cannot use a witness statement from the BBC to persuade prosecutors not to charge him, a London court ruled on Monday.

  • February 19, 2024

    UK Launches Crackdown On 'Fire And Rehire' Tactics

    Employers could face sanctions for firing staff and rehiring them on worse contracts under new rules that will strictly police the practice, the U.K. government said Monday.

  • February 19, 2024

    Ex-M&C Saatchi Finance Manager Loses Home-Working Claim

    A tribunal has rejected a claim by a former M&C Saatchi finance manager that the advertising agency forced her to quit by asking her to return to the office, ruling that the company's demand should not have destroyed their relationship.

  • February 19, 2024

    FCA Secures Bankruptcy Order Against Pension Promoters

    The Financial Conduct Authority has said it has secured bankruptcy orders against a pair of pensions promoters in a move to cover a £10.7 million ($13.5 million) restitution order for creditors.

  • February 16, 2024

    Ambulance Manager Fairly Fired For Personal Use Of Pool Car

    A duty manager at an NHS ambulance control center has lost his unfair dismissal claim, with a tribunal ruling that his bosses had every right to fire him after he had a colleague pick up his family from the airport in a company vehicle.

  • February 16, 2024

    Uber Ruling Still Reverberates For Gig Economy 3 Years On

    As the U.K. marks the third anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to grant workers' rights to Uber drivers, experts tell Law360 that the ruling has reverberated through the gig economy and that legislative changes are likely.

  • February 16, 2024

    Law Firm Loses Over Solicitor's Pension On Maternity Leave

    A London-based commercial law firm discriminated against an associate solicitor because she was on maternity leave and forced her to resign by making baseless criticisms about her performance, a tribunal has ruled.

  • February 16, 2024

    Social Club Unfairly Fired Steward, But Age Not A Factor

    A social club unfairly sacked a steward by making her redundant without offering her any redeployment opportunities while retaining one of her colleagues — even though the difference in treatment was not linked to age, a tribunal has ruled.

  • February 16, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen a legal battle erupt between JPMorgan and the founder of a Greek payments company following a dispute over the valuation of their jointly owned fintech business, the children of late Russian oligarch Vladimir Scherbakov face a claim by Fieldfisher LLP, the Director of Education and Training at the Solicitors Regulation Authority tackle a claim by two solicitors, and train operator First MTR South Western Trains file a claim against a security company. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • February 16, 2024

    UK Pension Annuity Sales Hit £5.2B In 2023, ABI Says

    The total value of pension annuities for consumers jumped by almost 50% to £5.2 billion ($6.6 billion) in 2023, a trade body said Friday, a rise fueled in part by rising interest rates.

  • February 15, 2024

    NHS Forced PTSD Doc To Quit By Ignoring Resourcing Issues

    A National Health Service trust unfairly pushed a clinical psychologist out the door by continually failing to address her concerns about patient safety amid a lack of funding and resources for her mental health unit, a tribunal has ruled.

  • February 15, 2024

    Collapsed Pension Fund Claws Back £1.9M Lost In Fraud

    The liquidators of a pension fund said they have clawed back £1.9 million ($2.4 million) as part of their long-running quest to recover many millions of pounds of investors' pension savings lost to an elaborate fraud.

  • February 15, 2024

    SFO Says Directing Mind Reforms Were A 'Christmas Present'

    Reforms that make it easier to hold companies criminally liable for their employees were a "Christmas present" for the Serious Fraud Office and will have a "huge" effect on its work, the general counsel for the anti-corruption agency said Thursday.

  • February 15, 2024

    Sacked Anti-Vax Carer Loses Unfair Dismissal Case

    A care worker has lost her claim for unfair dismissal against her employer as a tribunal found that it was reasonable for her to be sacked when she refused to have the COVID-19 vaccine despite being required by law to do so.

  • February 15, 2024

    Osborne Clarke Steers £114M Standard Life Pension Deal

    Standard Life said Thursday that it has completed a £114 million ($143 million) buy-in transaction guided by Osborne Clarke LLP to acquire the pensions of around 1,800 members of the Vector Pension Scheme.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Pension Industry Should Monitor Evolving ESG Issues In 2024

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    ESG thinking in the pensions industry has substantially evolved from focusing on climate change and net-zero to including nature and social considerations, and formalizing governance processes — illustrating that, in 2024, continually monitoring ESG issues sits squarely within trustee fiduciary duties, says Liz Ramsaran at DWF.

  • 5 Key UK Employment Law Developments From 2023

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    Key employment law issues in 2023 suggest that topics such as trade union recognition for collective bargaining in the gig economy, industrial action and menopause discrimination will be at the top of the agenda for employers and employees in 2024, say Merrill April and Anaya Price at CM Murray.

  • Emerging Trends From A Busy Climate Litigation Year

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    Although many environmental cases brought in the U.K. were unsuccessful in 2023, they arguably clarified several relevant issues, such as climate rights, director and trustee obligations, and the extent to which claimants can hold the government accountable, illustrating what 2024 may have in store for climate litigation, say Simon Bishop and Patrick Kenny at Hausfeld.

  • 2024 Will Be A Busy Year For Generative AI And IP Issues

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    In light of increased litigation and policy proposals on balancing intellectual property rights and artificial intelligence innovation, 2024 is shaping up to be full of fast-moving developments that will have significant implications for AI tool developers, users of such tools and rights holders, say lawyers at Mishcon de Reya.

  • How Businesses Can Prepare For Cyber Resilience In 2024

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    With cybersecurity breaches one of the biggest threats to U.K. businesses and as legislation tightens, organizations should prioritize their external security measures in 2024 and mitigate risks by being well-informed on internal data protection procedures, says Kevin Modiri at Nelsons.

  • Dyson Decision Highlights Post-Brexit Forum Challenges

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    The High Court's recent decision in Limbu v. Dyson, barring the advancement of group supply chain claims against Dyson subsidiaries in the U.K. and Malaysia, suggests that, following Brexit, claims concerning events abroad may less frequently proceed to trial in England, say lawyers at Debevoise.

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