Employment UK

  • May 24, 2024

    The UK Laws That Will Pass Or Fail As Election Looms

    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's decision to call an early general election to be held on July 4 has left several pieces of legislation hanging in the balance during the so-called "wash-up" period before Parliament is formally dissolved, while others have been pushed through. 

  • May 24, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen an IT engineer seek permission to search a landfill hiding a hard drive supposedly storing millions of pounds in bitcoin, Glencore take on legal action by American Century Investments, gold payment app Glint bring a breach of duty claim against FRP Advisory, and an ongoing dispute between a solicitor and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 24, 2024

    Snap July 4 Election Leaves Pension Reform In Disarray

    The government's decision to call a snap general election for July 4 has left the U.K.'s pension sector in limbo, experts say, with uncertainty over whether the next administration will continue with an ambitious reform program.

  • May 24, 2024

    Generali Italia Denies Owing £1M To Exec With Eye Disease

    Italy's largest insurance company has denied that it owes more than £1 million ($1.2 million) in incapacity benefits and damages to a Quest Software sales director suffering from a degenerative eye disease after rejecting his claim.

  • May 24, 2024

    Ex-Post Office Boss Blames Scandal On Bad Legal Advice

    Paula Vennells blamed the advice of her senior lawyers for not becoming aware of the wrongful prosecutions by the Post Office of innocent people based on faulty IT data, as she gave evidence to the inquiry into the scandal Friday.

  • May 24, 2024

    Labour Victory Would Bring 'Sea Change' In Employment Law

    Victory for the Labour Party on July 4 could bring the most significant shift in employment law in a generation, lawyers said after the prime minister called the general election.

  • May 24, 2024

    No Easy Fix For Pensions Marketing Rules, Minister Warns

    The government has said that there is no straightforward way to fix a quirk of privacy rules that discourages pension providers from sending emails to retirement savers.

  • May 24, 2024

    Ex-Aviva Staffer's Tribunal Outbursts Not A Bar To Fair Trial

    Aviva must face a former employee's discrimination claim even though her actions during hearings — including accusations of institutional racism in employment cases — is likely to prevent the trial being fair, a tribunal has ruled.

  • May 23, 2024

    Bipolar Flight Attendant Wins Retrial Of 'Unfit To Fly' Verdict

    A flight attendant with bipolar disorder revived her claims of disability discrimination against CAE Crewing Services after an appellate judge in London concluded that the tribunal hearing the claims misinterpreted a vicarious liability law.

  • May 23, 2024

    Ex-Post Office Boss Told Reviewing Cases Would Be Bad PR

    Former Post Office boss Paula Vennells denied that avoiding becoming "front page news" influenced her decision to limit a review of past convictions based on faulty IT data in her evidence to the inquiry into the Post Office scandal on Thursday.

  • May 23, 2024

    Royal Mail Delivery Driver Loses Case Over 'Jokey' Threat

    Royal Mail cannot be faulted for firing a delivery driver who threatened to blow up a colleague's car in a WhatsApp message if the colleague didn't join the picket line, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • May 23, 2024

    Struck-Off Lawyer Loses Bid To Challenge Contempt Sentence

    A struck-off solicitor lost her attempt on Thursday to get a second shot at reviving her appeal against a prison sentence for contempt of court as the appeals court found that she had failed to argue that she had been medically unfit to argue at her first appeal.

  • May 23, 2024

    Pension Plans Must Get Handle On Data Quality, TPR Says

    Retirement savings plans in the U.K. face increased regulatory scrutiny to ensure that Britain has the best possible standards on safeguarding the personal data of clients, the pensions watchdog has said.

  • May 22, 2024

    Staffer's Pre-Prepared Resignation Letter Not Discriminatory

    A designer has lost her discrimination claim against an investment company after failing to prove that her bosses mistreated her — including by asking her to sign a pre-prepared resignation letter — because she is a Chinese woman.

  • May 22, 2024

    HSBC Can't Use Brexit To End UK Role In EU Body, Staff Say

    High street lender HSBC is obligated to keep the U.K. arm of its European works council despite Brexit, the representative body for European staff argued Wednesday as it challenged a ruling that the bank could exclude the U.K. once it left the European Economic Area.

  • May 22, 2024

    Hilco Exec Wins £296K After Being Sacked For Whistleblowing

    A tribunal has awarded a former Hilco Capital Ltd. HR director almost £296,000 ($377,000) in compensation after she was unfairly sacked for blowing the whistle over alleged banking irregularities.

  • May 22, 2024

    Employment Law Biz Reprimanded Over 'Misleading' Ad

    A British company offering human resources and employment law advice has been reprimanded by the U.K. advertising regulator for sending a misleading marketing letter, with the correspondence appearing to be from a public body.

  • May 22, 2024

    UK Gov't Calls Elections For July 4 Despite Poor Polls

    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday called an early general election to be held on July 4, advancing the electoral timetable even though his Conservative Party lags decisively behind the opposition Labour Party.

  • May 22, 2024

    Ex-Post Office Boss Didn't Know Business Prosecuted People

    Former Post Office boss Paula Vennells denied on Wednesday that she knew the organization conducted its own prosecutions, telling the inquiry into its wrongful prosecution of innocent sub-postmasters she became aware of the power to prosecute only several years after she joined.

  • May 22, 2024

    Home Secretary Fights Disability Case For Injured Officers

    Two police forces argued at the Court of Appeal on Wednesday that injured officers should not be able to take their disability claims to the employment tribunals, claiming that benefits for injured police are not pensions and are therefore an employment matter.

  • May 22, 2024

    Aspiring Judge Can't Reopen Race Bias Case

    An Asian-British solicitor has failed to persuade an employment tribunal to reconsider his race discrimination claims against a High Court judge who dismissed his application because he filed his request too late.

  • May 22, 2024

    Gov't Dismisses 'Arbitrary Deadline' On Pensions Redress

    The government on Wednesday shrugged off calls to draw up plans by the summer for a redress program for millions of women who have been underpaid under state pension plans.

  • May 21, 2024

    Gov't Must Pay £50K For Bias Against Deaf Job Seeker

    The U.K. government must pay £49,880 ($63,390) to a deaf person for discriminating against him and failing numerous times to provide interpreters to aid his job search, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • May 21, 2024

    Tesco Fights Looming Disclosure Deadline In Equal Pay Battle

    Retail giant Tesco fought to push back a disclosure deadline in its equal pay battle with thousands of workers on Tuesday, telling an appeals tribunal that it hasn't had enough time to process millions of documents for the case.

  • May 21, 2024

    Post Office Official Told MP About IT Bugs Ahead Of Report

    A former Post Office senior official conceded she was the "bearer of bad news" by ensuring an MP was told of bugs in the IT system used to wrongly prosecute innocent people, as she gave evidence to an inquiry Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Employer Lessons From Ruling On Prof's Anti-Zionist Views

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    In Miller v. University of Bristol, an employment tribunal recently ruled that a professor's anti-Zionist beliefs were protected by the Equality Act 2010, highlighting for employers why it’s important to carefully consider disciplinary actions related to an employee's political expressions, says Hina Belitz at Excello Law.

  • ECJ Ruling Clarifies Lawyer Independence Questions

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    The European Court of Justice's recent ruling in Bonnanwalt v. EU Intellectual Property Office, finding that a law firm had maintained independence despite being owned by its client, serves as a pivotal reference point to understanding the contours of legal representation before EU courts, say James Tumbridge and Benedict Sharrock-Harris at Venner Shipley.

  • How Employers Should Respond To Flexible Work Requests

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    U.K. employees will soon have the right to request flexible working arrangements from the first day of employment, including for religious observances, and refusing them without objective justification could expose employers to indirect discrimination claims and hurt companies’ diversity and inclusion efforts, says Jim Moore at Hamilton Nash.

  • What COVID Payout Ruling Means For Lockdown Loss Claims

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    While the High Court's recent COVID-19 payout decision in Gatwick v. Liberty Mutual, holding that pandemic-related regulations trigger prevention of access clauses, will likely lead to insurers accepting more business interruption claims, there are still evidentiary challenges and issues regarding policy limits and furlough, say Josianne El Antoury and Greg Lascelles at Covington.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • Crypto As A Coin Of The Corporate Realm: The Pros And Cons

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    The broadened range of crypto-assets opens up new possibilities for employers looking to recruit, incentivize and retain employees through the use of crypto, but certain risks must be addressed, say Dan Sharman and Sunny Mangatt at Shoosmiths.

  • Employer Tips For Handling Data Subject Access Requests

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    As employers face numerous employee data-subject access requests — and the attendant risks of complaints to the Information Commissioner's Office — issues such as managing deadlines and sifting through data make compliance more difficult, highlighting the importance of efficient internal processes and clear communication when responding to a request, say Gwynneth Tan and Amy Leech at Shoosmiths.

  • Employer Tips For Navigating The Growing 'Workcation' Trend

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    While the trend of working remotely from a holiday property may be attractive to workers, employers must set clear guidelines to help employees successfully combine work and leisure without implicating legal risks or compromising business efficacy, says Amy Leech at Shoosmiths.

  • Opinion

    UK Whistleblowers Flock To The US For Good Reason

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    The U.K. Serious Fraud Office director recently brought renewed attention to the differences between the U.K. and U.S. whistleblower regimes — differences that may make reporting to U.S. agencies a better and safer option for U.K. whistleblowers, and show why U.K. whistleblower laws need to be improved, say Benjamin Calitri and Kate Reeves at Kohn Kohn.

  • No-Poach Agreements Face Greater EU Antitrust Scrutiny

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    EU competition authorities are increasingly viewing employer no-poach agreements as anti-competitive and an enforcement priority, demonstrating that such provisions are no longer without risk in Europe, and proving the importance of understanding EU antitrust law concerns and implications, says Robert Hardy at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Water Special Administration Changes May Affect Creditors

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    Following the publication of new legislation, changes are afoot to the U.K. government's statutory regime governing special administrations for regulated water companies — and one consequence may be that some creditors of such companies will find themselves in a more uncertain position, say Helena Clarke and Charlotte Møller at Squire Patton.

  • Opinion

    Labour Should Reconsider Its Discrimination Law Plans

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    While the Labour Party's recent proposals allowing equal pay claims based on ethnicity and disability, and introducing dual discrimination, have laudable intentions and bring some advantages, they are not the right path forward as the changes complicate the discrimination claim process for employees, say Colin Leckey and Tarun Tawakley at Lewis Silkin.

  • Tracing The History Of LGBTQ+ Rights In The Workplace

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    Pride History month is a timely reminder of how recent developments have shaped LGBTQ+ employees' rights in the workplace today, and what employers can do to ensure that employees are protected from discrimination, including creating safe workplace cultures and promoting allyship, say Caitlin Farrar and Jessica Bennett at Farrer.

  • Ruling In FCA Case Offers Tips On Flexible Work Requests

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    In Wilson v. Financial Conduct Authority, the Employment Tribunal recently found that the regulator's rejection of a remote work request was justified, highlighting for employers factors that affect flexible work request outcomes, while emphasizing that individual inquiries should be considered on the specific facts, say Frances Rollin, Ella Tunnell and Kerry Garcia at Stevens & Bolton.

  • Breaking Down The New UK Pension Funding Regs

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    Recently published U.K. pension regulations, proposing major changes to funding and investing in defined benefit pension schemes, raise implementation considerations for trustees, including the importance of the employer covenant, say Charles Magoffin and Elizabeth Bullock at Freshfields.

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