Employment UK

  • 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.

  • April 16, 2024

    Ex-Post Office Boss Says Lawyers Ignored Prosecution Risks

    The Post Office's former chief executive said Tuesday that he was "surprised" that in-house lawyers who prosecuted sub-postmasters based on faulty IT data ignored the risk of failing to disclose certain key facts in court.

  • April 16, 2024

    Ex-Airport Train Staffers Get Early Win In Travel Discount Case

    Former employees of London's Heathrow Express airport train won an appeal Tuesday that they were wrongly barred from a cheap travel benefit after they opted for redundancy — but a new tribunal will decide whether their breach of contract claims can continue.

  • April 16, 2024

    Pensions Industry Backlash Grows Over New Reporting Rules

    The U.K.'s pension watchdog is facing mounting pressure from retirement industry trade bodies to back down from its new reporting obligations for schemes.

  • April 16, 2024

    UK Pension Transfer Numbers Continue To Decline

    The number of savers transferring from defined benefit to defined contribution pension schemes dropped by 32% in the financial year that ended in March 2023, according to figures published Tuesday by the Financial Conduct Authority.

  • April 16, 2024

    Insurance Manager Harassed By Bosses Wins £56K

    A tribunal has ordered a British insurance broker to pay a former manager more than £56,000 ($69,800) after ruling that the business pushed her out because bosses no longer valued her after she went off sick with anxiety and depression.

  • April 16, 2024

    UK Pension Withdrawals Hit Record High

    The number of people making lump sum withdrawals from their U.K. pension savings reached a record high during the financial year that ended in March 2023, according to a new report by the country's financial watchdog published Tuesday.

  • April 15, 2024

    Ex-Autonomy Exec Testifies To Handshake Deals, Backdating

    Autonomy's former U.S. head of sales testified for the prosecution Monday in the criminal fraud trial of founder Michael Lynch, saying he boosted sales figures via "quid pro quo" handshake deals with customers, created pretextual emails to cover his tracks and even backdated a deal to meet revenue targets.

  • April 15, 2024

    Rastafarian Ex-Army Band Player Wins Race Bias Case

    A former British Army horn player has won his racial discrimination case against the Ministry of Defence, with a tribunal concluding that officers stereotyped him as an "angry Black man" and dismissed his complaints about racist treatment.

  • April 15, 2024

    No Quid Pro Quo In Thank You Posts, Fired Journalist Says

    A sports journalist fired after publicly thanking a company that was a corporate sponsor of his charity fundraising efforts argued to an employment tribunal Monday that there was "no quid pro quo" that compromised the BBC.

  • April 15, 2024

    Prison Governor Loses Claim He Was Excluded From Union

    A prison governor lost his claim against a trade union that refused to let him join its ranks twice because he had held key positions in another union that competed with it, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • April 15, 2024

    AML Exec Loses Bid For Interim Pay In Whistleblowing Case

    The co-founder of a London-based payments platform provider has lost his bid to be paid his £190,000 ($237,000) salary while he pursues a whistleblowing and unfair dismissal claim against the company.

  • April 15, 2024

    Trainee Solicitor's Bid To Claim SQE Fees From Ex-Firm Fails

    A trainee solicitor cannot recoup fees for her legal qualification examinations from her former employer, with a tribunal finding that she failed to prove that the law firm had agreed to pay the fees.

  • April 15, 2024

    Pension Protection Fund Has 'Crucial' Future Role, LCP Says

    The Pension Protection Fund could play a crucial role in the "endgame" for defined benefit pension schemes as a state-backed consolidator of smaller retirement plans, a consultancy has said.

  • April 12, 2024

    US-based MSD Broke Ban On Using 'Merck' In UK, Court Finds

    U.S.-based Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC's use of the "Merck" name on websites and social media breached the terms of a court order barring it from using the name in the U.K. to protect German drugmaker Merck KGaA's rights, a London court ruled Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • How The UK Noncompete Cap Proposal May Affect Employers

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    Following the U.K. government's plan to limit noncompete clauses to three months, employers will undoubtedly look at other options to prevent post-employment competition, such as use of garden leave, but this may keep employees out of the talent pool, say David Samuels and Tarun Tawakley at Lewis Silkin.

  • Employers Should Welcome UK Guidance On Positive Action

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    Recent guidance from the U.K. government clarifies the often overlooked and misunderstood concept of positive action under the Equality Act 2010, and may help employers feel more confident in using permitted conduct to promote equality, say lawyers at Fieldfisher.

  • Lessons For Businesses From The Raab Bullying Report

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    In light of the inquiry into workplace bullying that led to last month’s resignation of U.K. government minister Dominic Raab, businesses must ensure that they and their managers adhere to company policies, procedures and processes, and remain vigilant in stamping out and preventing such behaviors, says Suzy Blade at Setfords.

  • What The Ethnicity Pay Gap Guidance Means For Employers

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    In light of the U.K. government's recent guidance on measuring ethnicity pay differences, which could become mandatory, employers should consider ethnicity pay gap reporting and the complexities unique to it, in order to support a truly diverse workforce, say Catherine Shepherd and Kath Sadler-Smith at Osborne Clarke.

  • How The EU Pay Transparency Directive Will Affect Employers

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    The newly adopted EU Pay Transparency Directive aims to strengthen the principle of equal pay between men and women by way of mandatory gender pay gap reporting, and employers should prepare for the significant changes this will bring by closing any existing gaps and establishing a transparent compensation system, says Ulrike Conradi at Ogletree.

  • 3 Employee Protection Issues To Watch In UK Gov't

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    The recent U.K. harassment proposals, autism employment review and artificial intelligence white paper demonstrate that employee protection and well-being are high on the government's agenda, and could lead to changes in employers' support and hiring processes, say Catherine Shepherd and Kath Sadler-Smith at Osborne Clarke.

  • Tips On Implementing Menopause Support Policies At Work

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    1 in 10 women have left a job due to menopausal symptoms, highlighting that employers must find ways to support and retain affected employees, especially amid the growing drive to boost the numbers of older people in the workforce and oft-cited war for talent, say Ellie Gelder and Kelly Thomson at RPC.

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