Employment UK

  • July 17, 2024

    Manager Forced Out Of Delivery Co. Over Fire Risk Concerns

    An Employment Tribunal has ruled that a delivery company left a senior manager with no option but to leave after his employer refused to investigate his concerns that the delivery bikes' rechargeable batteries posed a serious fire hazard.

  • July 17, 2024

    Ex-Minister Admits Failing To See Post Office Injustice Sooner

    A former junior business minister in place when the Post Office was fighting wrongly convicted subpostmasters in court told the government inquiry into the scandal on Wednesday that she "absolutely" should have recognized a possible injustice sooner.

  • July 17, 2024

    Labour Gov't To Make Fiscal Rules Law, Empower OBR

    The new Labour government will legislate to write into law the Treasury's long-held fiscal rules and grant new powers to the Office for Budget Responsibility to scrutinize policy, according to plans confirmed in the King's Speech on Wednesday.

  • July 17, 2024

    Labour Gov't Promises 'New Deal' On Workers' Rights

    Keir Starmer's Labour government said in the King's speech that opened the new session of Parliament on Wednesday that it would legislate for a "new deal for workers," setting out a series of promised proposals to strengthen workers' rights and end racial pay discrimination.

  • July 17, 2024

    Gov't Plans Pensions Bill To Consolidate Retirement Savings

    The new Labour government said on Wednesday that it will introduce a new Pensions Schemes Bill that aims to consolidate the cluttered retirement savings sector.

  • July 17, 2024

    'Third-Way' Pension Plans 50% Better Than Normal Schemes

    The launch of new collection pension plans could be a "game changer" for Britons not saving enough for their retirement, a consultancy has said, finding that benefits could be 50% greater than they would otherwise receive from standard private sector schemes.

  • July 16, 2024

    Nurse Who Lied About Qualifications Guilty Of Fraud

    A nurse who lied about her qualifications and work experience while applying for a senior role at a neonatal unit in Wales was convicted of nine counts of fraud on Tuesday.

  • July 16, 2024

    Transgender Judge's Exit Illustrates Bench's Diversity Woes

    The resignation of Victoria McCloud, Britain's only transgender judge, has opened up a debate over just how diverse the judiciary really is. She tells Law360 that "if you're a minority, and you're at risk of being vilified, the support simply isn't there."

  • July 16, 2024

    Labour Government Urged To Introduce Green Tax Credits

    The new Labour government should introduce tax credits for businesses investing in green energy technology, according to a tax expert from the Confederation of British Industry.

  • July 16, 2024

    Lawyer Faces Tribunal Over 'Fraudulent' £1M Gov't Loan

    The solicitors' watchdog accused a lawyer on Tuesday of entering into a fraudulent loan agreement when she allegedly falsely claimed that her corporate client had secured £1 million ($1.3 million) in private investment that was being held in her law firm's client account.

  • July 16, 2024

    Trade Body Calls For Pensions Bill In King's Speech

    A trade association for the largest retirement savings providers in Britain urged the new government on Tuesday to announce a pensions bill during the state opening of Parliament.

  • July 16, 2024

    Axiom On Hook Again For Ex-Staffer's Unpaid Wages

    Axiom Ince must pay £1,125 ($1,458) in missed earnings to one of its former employees, a tribunal held in a ruling published on Tuesday after a series of similar decisions against the law firm, which collapsed in 2023.

  • July 15, 2024

    Driver Sees Partial Win In Appeal Over Booking Systems Fee

    An employment appeals tribunal ruled Monday that a London minicab company's flat-rate fee for accessing the company's booking system meant that a part-time driver received a lower hourly rate of pay than full-time drivers.

  • July 15, 2024

    Care Workers' Vaccine Preference Can't Top Residents' Safety

    An employment appeals panel has affirmed that a healthcare provider's mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy did not infringe a group of care home workers' human rights, ruling that they were justifiably sacked because the company had a right to protect its residents.

  • July 15, 2024

    Security Biz's Contract Breach Forced Bullied Officer To Resign

    A security officer was forced to quit after bosses continuously ignored his complaints about colleagues who were bullying him and arriving late to their shifts, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • July 15, 2024

    Daily Mail Wins Bid To Ax Green Industrialist's Libel Case

    The publisher of the Daily Mail newspaper won its fight to dismiss a £100,000 ($129,800) libel claim by a green energy tycoon on Monday after a judge ruled that it was not "potentially viable" because it was over only part of an article.

  • July 15, 2024

    Compensation For Poor Pension Advice Dives To Record Low

    Compensation for retirement savers who received poor pension advice to transfer out of their defined benefit plans has hit a record low, a consultancy said Monday.

  • July 12, 2024

    Law Firm Unfairly Fired Solicitor Over Facebook Page

    A law firm unfairly sacked its head of criminal law when it botched a probe into accusations that she was using Facebook to draw clients away from the firm during her resignation period, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • July 12, 2024

    Met Officer Gets £37K For Disability Discrimination Claim

    A Metropolitan police officer won nearly £37,000 ($48,000) in damages on Friday, with the Employment Tribunal deciding to compensate him for disability discrimination that caused him severe distress and "made his life intolerable."

  • July 12, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen the owner of the Lambretta scooter brand Innocenti SA embroiled in a trademark dispute with a property developer, a clash between two art dealers over a collection of tapestries, Telecom Italia pursue a debt claim against a competing telecommunications company, and performing arts trade union Equity hit a casting directory for charging unfair subscription fees on actors. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • July 12, 2024

    Rise In PTSD Diagnoses Contributing To Workplace Absences

    The National Health Service issued over 1 million sick notes for mental and behavioral disorders last year according to new figures from GQ Littler, underlining the continuing impact of COVID-19 on the workplace.

  • July 12, 2024

    Axiom Owes Ex-Staff £37K In Redundancy, Notice Payments

    A tribunal has ruled that Axiom Ince must pay two more former staff a total of at least £36,700 ($47,500) in redundancy and notice payments, with one of the ex-employees also winning compensation for breaches of trade union rules when the firm collapsed.

  • July 12, 2024

    Gov't Urged To Set Up Comp Program For Pension Failings

    Women who lost out after the government failed to tell them that their retirement age had changed have called for the "swift implementation" of a compensation program by the new pensions minister.

  • July 11, 2024

    Law Firm Must Pay £4K For Racial Abuse Claim Costs

    A defunct London law firm that represented a forklift driver in his "fictional" racial abuse claim against a printing business must pay £4,000 ($5,166) to repay the legal costs the company racked up fighting the claim.

  • July 11, 2024

    Labour Urged To Represent All Generations In Policy Planning

    The new Labour government must ensure that its policy agenda reflects the needs of all generations, pensions provider Aegon said on Thursday, saying its research suggests that under-50s are more positive about their long-term financial planning than those who are older.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Employment Tribunal Fee Proposal Raises Potential Issues

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    The proposal to reintroduce employment tribunal fees in a recent U.K. government consultation poses serious concerns over the right of access to justice, and will only act as a deterrent for claimants and appellants, says Yulia Fedorenko at CM Murray.

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