Employment UK

  • July 25, 2024

    Vince Cable Missed Shoosmiths' Warning Over Post Office IT

    Shoosmiths LLP warned the government about problems with the IT accounting software which incorrectly showed shortfalls that the Post Office used to prosecute innocent people in 2012, documents disclosed to the inquiry into the scandal on Thursday showed.

  • July 25, 2024

    Lucasfilm Strikes Back In Star Wars Actor 'Resurrection' Row

    Lucasfilm fought for a second time on Thursday to exit a dispute with an English movie company over the use of actor Peter Cushing's likeness in Star Wars, telling a London court that the case against it was "just weird." 

  • July 25, 2024

    ITV Gets Regulatory Nod On Box Clever Pension Resolution

    The Pensions Regulator said Thursday that it has inked a preliminary agreement with British broadcaster ITV to provide full pension benefits to members of the Box Clever retirement savings plan after a lengthy legal tussle.

  • July 25, 2024

    Labour Gov't Faces 'Tricky Balancing Act' On Policy Priorities

    The Labour government faces a "tricky balancing act" in implementing policies that meet the financial needs of different generations, pensions provider Aegon said Thursday,

  • July 24, 2024

    Gender-Critical Barrister Loses Appeal Against Stonewall

    A gender-critical barrister lost her appeal against Stonewall Equality Ltd. on Wednesday after failing to convince the Employment Appeal Tribunal that the LGBTQ+ charity had "induced or attempted to induce" Garden Court Chambers into the discrimination she experienced. 

  • July 24, 2024

    HMRC Wins Battle Over Candy Maker's Holiday Fund Scheme

    HM Revenue & Customs has convinced an appeals tribunal that a Scottish sweet maker must compensate its employees for salary deductions it put aside in "holiday funds," with the judge finding the scheme ran afoul of national minimum wage regulations.

  • July 24, 2024

    Asset Recovery Firms Deny Profit-Stripping Rule Is Too Harsh

    Two asset recovery companies told Britain's top court Wednesday that a law to strip profits from people who quit jobs to chase the business of a former employer is not "too harsh," in a case with potentially wide implications for "bad-faith resignations."

  • July 24, 2024

    Compliance Biz Unfairly Fired Staffer After Cancer Diagnosis

    A compliance consultancy discriminated against a manager when it decided to cut her loose with no explanation other than her recent cancer diagnosis, a tribunal has ruled.

  • July 24, 2024

    British Steel Pension Redress Scheme Pays Out £8.7M

    The Financial Conduct Authority said Wednesday that its redress program for steelworkers given poor pensions advice has paid out a total of just £8.7 million ($11.2 million) in compensation.

  • July 24, 2024

    Can New Pensions Minister 'Serve Two Masters'?

    A new British pensions minister with a foot in two competing government departments could help create a more coherent pensions reforms, although some analysts warn of a potential Treasury takeover of pensions policy to prioritize economic stimulus.

  • July 23, 2024

    'Bully' Solicitor Who Showed Paralegal Lewd Pix Struck Off

    A solicitor accused of bullying "vulnerable" junior colleagues and showing a paralegal pornographic pictures on his phone was struck off by a tribunal Tuesday.

  • July 23, 2024

    Ex-DWP Staffer Wins £388K For Disability Harassment

    The U.K. government's Department for Work and Pensions must pay a former employee £387,600 ($500,500) after harassing him based on his disability before unfairly pushing him to quit, a tribunal has ruled.

  • July 23, 2024

    Software Co. Unfairly Sacked Exec To Bring Back Co-Founder

    A tribunal has ruled that a software testing company botched the process to dismiss its former head of product when it re-hired the co-founder with whom his relationship had soured to work as his boss.

  • July 23, 2024

    Employees Fight 'Harsh' Penalty In Bad Faith Resignation Test

    Three former employees of asset recovery companies urged Britain's top court on Tuesday to reconsider the "harsh" remedy against people who quit their jobs to pursue business opportunities said to belong to their employers, a case with potentially wide implications for "bad faith resignations."

  • July 23, 2024

    Post Office's Top In-House Lawyer Takes 'Temporary' Leave

    The general counsel of the Post Office and its primary liaison for the public inquiry into the Horizon IT scandal has taken a "temporary" leave of absence, the organization has confirmed.

  • July 22, 2024

    HMRC Wins Appeal Over Taxation Of Partnership Rewards

    Financial rewards from a partnership were taxable as income even though they were made at the partnership's total discretion and the partners had no legally enforceable right to receive them, a London court ruled, siding with HM Revenue & Customs.

  • July 22, 2024

    Analyst Wins Anonymity Appeal Against Flight Centre

    An analyst at a travel agency won her bid for anonymity in her dispute with her former employer Monday after an appellate judge overturned a lower tribunal's finding that shielding her to limit her distress infringed open justice.

  • July 22, 2024

    Gov't Slow To Fix Mothers' Pension Errors, LCP Says

    The government has been dragging its heels on fixing state pension errors affecting tens of thousands of pension-age mothers in the U.K., according to consultancy Lane Clark & Peacock LLP on Monday.

  • July 22, 2024

    Lending Biz CEO Says Director Forced Him To Transfer Shares

    A solicitor has asked a court to unwind a share transfer that he allegedly made under duress to an ex-director and a lawyer with whom he was business, claiming that he had to make the transfer to quash a false fraud allegation.

  • July 22, 2024

    Foul-Mouthed Lawyer Showed Junior Colleague Lewd Pix

    A solicitor bullied junior colleagues in profanity-laced rants and showed a paralegal pornographic pictures on his phone, the Solicitors Regulation Authority told a tribunal Monday.

  • July 22, 2024

    Gov't Plans 'Big Bang' Pensions Reform To Fuel UK Growth

    The government has launched the first stage of its review into pensions as it focuses on generating more investment from the £800 billion ($10.3 billion) defined contribution sector into the economy.

  • July 19, 2024

    Appellate Judge Says Addison Lee Can't Toss Deposit Order

    British car service company Addison Lee can't overturn an order requiring it to pay £125,000 ($161,434) to continue relying on certain arguments in its defense as it fights hundreds of drivers claiming worker status, an Employment Appeal Tribunal ruled Thursday.

  • July 19, 2024

    Hospital Worker Loses Claim For COVID Shielding Pay

    A London hospital worker has lost her claim alleging that she was wrongly put on statutory sick pay during the pandemic after a tribunal found she was not entitled to full pay under the COVID-19 shielding program because of a lack of eligibility.

  • July 19, 2024

    Ex-Council Officer Gets Fresh Trial After Delay Refused

    A former senior officer at a London council has got a second shot at her unfair dismissal and disability discrimination claim, after an appellate judge ruled Friday the trial should have been postponed when her lawyer became too sick to represent her.

  • July 19, 2024

    Pension Scams Body Calls For Early Launch Of Online Portal

    The Pensions Scams Industry Group on Friday said that British pension schemes are ready to get started with the much-delayed dashboards project designed to connect savers with lost pension pots.

Expert Analysis

  • Decoding Plans To Simplify The Transfer Of Undertakings Law

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    The prior Conservative government's proposed reforms to the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations to simplify processes protecting employee rights have generally been welcomed, but the fact that Labour is now in power casts significant doubt on whether they will be pursued, says Robert Forsyth at Michelmores.

  • Employer Lessons From Teacher's Menopause Bias Win

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    A Scottish employment tribunal’s recent decision to award a teacher over £60,000 ($77,829) for unfair dismissal is a reminder that menopausal symptoms can amount to a disability, and together with potentially stronger measures from the new Labour government, should prompt all employers to implement effective menopause support policies, say Ellie Gelder and Kelly Thomson at RPC.

  • What New UK Labour Gov't Is Planning For Financial Services

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    Following the Labour Party’s U.K. election win on July 4, the new government has already announced its key missions for economic growth, green investment and tax reform, so affected Financial Conduct Authority-regulated entities should be prepared for change and on the lookout for details, says Rachael Healey at RPC.

  • What Legal Cannabis In Germany Means For Employers

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    Since April 1, the consumption and limited possession of cannabis has been permitted in Germany, so employers should take a few steps to maintain safe and productive workplaces while respecting the new legal landscape, says Sven Lombard at Simmons & Simmons.

  • How Cos. Can Harness Mobility To Sustain The Space Industry

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    In order to tackle the skills shortage in the U.K. space industry, companies should use immigration policies, which were recently updated by the government, to attract international talent, says Laxmi Limbani at Fragomen.

  • Tips For Orgs Using NDAs In Light Of New UK Legislation

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    The recent passage of the Victims and Prisoners Act follows a crackdown on the misuse of nondisclosure agreements, but although NDAs are not prohibited and regulators recognize their legitimate justification, organizations relying on them must be able to clearly explain that justification if challenged, say attorneys at Macfarlanes.

  • Unpacking The Pay Threshold Hikes For Skilled Worker Visas

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    Many companies were forced to withdraw job offers after the government recently raised the salary thresholds for skilled worker visas, bringing focus to the strain on businesses to quickly adapt to the changing immigration system, say Claire Nilson, Abilio Jaribu and Emily Evans at Faegre Drinker.

  • How Revision Of The EU Works Directive May Affect Cos.

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    The European Union’s proposed revision of the Works Councils Directive, motivated by perceived shortcomings of existing legislation and the transformation of the world of work, includes significant changes that would increase workers' rights, including through strengthened enforcement and confidentiality provisions, says Thomas Player at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • What Employers Should Know About The Tips Act

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    Michael Powner, Isobel Goodman and Hauwa Ottun at Charles Russell examine a recently enacted law that bars employers from making deductions to workers' tips, shed light on the government's final code of practice, and highlight key trends and potential implications

  • Disciplinary Ruling Has Lessons For Lawyers On Social Media

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    A recent Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal judgment against a solicitor for online posts deemed antisemitic and offensive highlights the serious sanctions that can stem from conduct on social media and the importance of law firms' efforts to ensure that their employees behave properly, say Liz Pearson and Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

  • The Art Of Corporate Apologies: Crafting An Effective Strategy

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    Public relations challenges often stop companies from apologizing amid alleged wrongdoing, but a recent U.K. government consultation seeks to make this easier, highlighting the importance of corporate apologies and measures to help companies balance the benefits against the potential legal ramifications, says Dina Hudson at Byfield Consultancy.

  • What UK Supreme Court Strike Ruling Means For Employers

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    Although the U.K. Supreme Court recently declared in Mercer v. Secretary of State that part of a trade union rule and employees' human rights were incompatible, the decision will presumably not affect employer engagement with collective bargaining, as most companies are already unlikely to rely on the rule as part of their broader industrial relations strategy, say lawyers at Baker McKenzie.

  • Accounting For Climate Change In Flexible Working Requests

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    Although the U.K. government's recent updates to the country's flexible working laws failed to include climate change as a factor for evaluating remote work requests, employers are not prohibited from considering the environmental benefits — or drawbacks — of an employee's request to work remotely, say Jonathan Carr and Gemma Taylor at Lewis Silkin.

  • Employer Lessons From Red Bull's Misconduct Investigation

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    Red Bull’s recent handling of a high-profile investigation into team principal Christian Horner’s alleged misconduct toward a colleague serves as a reminder of the importance of thorough internal grievance and disciplinary processes, and offers lessons for employers hoping to minimize media attention, say Charlotte Smith and Adam Melling at Walker Morris.

  • Prepping For A Duty To Prevent Workplace Sexual Harassment

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    With the Worker Protection Act set to roll out this October, employers should anticipate their newly heightened positive obligation to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace and begin updating their policies and addressing potential risk areas now, say Fiona McLellan and Rachael McKenzie at Hill Dickinson.

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