Employment UK

  • May 16, 2024

    NCA Says Uyghur Cotton Probe Would Soon Unravel

    The National Crime Agency defended on Thursday its decision to refuse to investigate imported cotton produced in a Chinese province with forced labor, telling an appeals court that it would be kneecapped by the difficulty of separating legal goods from criminal property.

  • May 16, 2024

    MPs Call For Redress Program For State Pension Errors

    Lawmakers have urged the government to draw up plans by this summer for a redress scheme for retirement-age women who were short-changed on their state pensions.

  • May 16, 2024

    No Docs Due To 6,000 Tesco Workers In Equal Pay Case

    Thousands of Tesco workers lost their appeal on Thursday for correspondence between the supermarket and other equal pay claimants.

  • May 16, 2024

    Average Pension Pot Value Plummets 66% Since 2012

    The average value of a defined contribution retirement savings pot has plunged by 66% in just over a decade, official figures revealed Thursday, as experts warned there was a risk of employers becoming stingier with pension benefits.

  • May 16, 2024

    M&G Accounts Manager Wins £13K Over Resignation Dispute

    An accounts manager at M&G PLC has won more than £13,000 ($16,500) after an employment tribunal found that the company wrongly refused to let him see out his 12-week notice period while on garden leave.

  • May 15, 2024

    800 Drivers Join Minimum Wage Claim Against Used Car Biz

    More than 800 drivers have joined the legal battle against a secondhand car dealer to be classified as "workers," in a bid for minimum wage and paid holidays, the law firm steering the action said on Thursday.

  • May 15, 2024

    Taxpayers Let Down By HMRC Digital Service, Says Watchdog

    HM Revenue and Customs has let down taxpayers by failing to deliver better online services, according to a report published on Wednesday by the public spending watchdog.

  • May 15, 2024

    Uyghur Group Fights To Revive Bid For Chinese Cotton Probe

    Campaigners for the Uyghurs told an appellate court Wednesday that Britain was wrong to refuse to launch a broad investigation into imported cotton produced in China with forced labor rather than specific shipments, arguing that the decision could create a market for criminal property.

  • May 15, 2024

    Crypto 'Academy' Closed After Probe Into False Assurances

    A cryptocurrency firm that "recklessly" persuaded customers to put money into investment plans has been wound up after the government's insolvency agency found that the company had given false assurances and traded without regulatory approval.

  • May 15, 2024

    Baker McKenzie Guides £28M Pension Deal For Pharma Co.

    Canada Life has insured the retirement savings plans of more than 300 members of the U.K. subsidiary of Dutch pharmaceutical company Norgine Ltd. in a full buy-in transaction of £28 million ($35 million), with the deal guided by Baker McKenzie.

  • May 15, 2024

    Fired Judge Loses Appeal Over Deleting Data During Probe

    A former judge who was removed from office for deleting data relevant to a police investigation had his bid to appeal his dismissal rejected by the High Court on Wednesday as a judge ruled that his removal from the bench was "clearly justified."

  • May 15, 2024

    Ex-RFB Partner Claims Ouster By Firm's 'Bullying' Boss

    The former head of employment at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP has sued the firm, claiming that he was unfairly demoted and exposed to what he alleges was the "constant bullying treatment of staff" by the managing partner Rakeebah Rahim.

  • May 15, 2024

    Fashion Execs Not Liable For TM Infringement, Justices Say

    Two executives of a defunct fashion company are not legally responsible for causing their business to commit trademark infringement, Britain's highest court ruled Wednesday, making them exempt from paying back profits from their alleged wrongdoing.

  • May 14, 2024

    Autonomy Overstated Revenue Before HP Sale, Jury Hears

    Autonomy's reported revenue was overstated by a combined $300 million in the two-and-a-half years before HP acquired it, an accounting expert testified Tuesday in a California criminal trial over claims that Autonomy founder Michael Lynch duped HP into buying his software company for an inflated $11.7 billion price.

  • May 14, 2024

    UK Gov't Rules Out NDA Ban In Harassment Cases

    HM Treasury said Tuesday that the U.K. government will not commit to a legislative ban on nondisclosure agreements in harassment cases, rejecting a call from MPs to bring an end to the "abusive use" of NDAs to silence victims.

  • May 14, 2024

    Zen Internet CEO's Dismissal Was Unfair But Certain

    Zen Internet unfairly dismissed its former chief executive after the company failed to properly investigate concerns that he was failing to turn a profit, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • May 14, 2024

    Interserve Whistleblower Can Add Past Warnings To Claim

    A former Interserve employee has won permission to include details of blowing the whistle at a previous employer to her whistleblowing claim against the construction company, in a reversal of a tribunal's decision that she had not been specific enough when filing the claim.

  • May 14, 2024

    Rail Operator Takes Fight Against Union To UK Supreme Court

    Rail operator Nexus took its battle with its employees' union to Britain's Supreme Court on Tuesday, arguing that it should be allowed to change a pay clause in a collective bargaining agreement reached with the organization.

  • May 14, 2024

    Gov't To Add Legal Powers, Staff To Stop Benefits Fraud

    The Department for Work and Pensions said Tuesday it will support new legislation to expand its powers to make arrests and conduct searches in its crackdown on benefits fraud.

  • May 14, 2024

    UK Pension Scheme Funding Edges Up £2.8B

    The overall funding level of U.K. pension schemes edged up £2.8 billion ($3.5 billion) last month, according to official figures Tuesday, but experts warned that there was potential "volatility" on the horizon amid uncertainty over whether interest rates will change this year.

  • May 13, 2024

    Irked Autonomy Judge Vents On HP Fraud Trial's Slow Pace

    U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer on Monday blasted lawyers for the government and two former Autonomy Corp. PLC executives in a criminal fraud case over the trial's slow progress, saying he's "annoyed," but also "complicit" because he "did not take more of a controlling posture."

  • May 13, 2024

    Coastguard Volunteer Wins Appeal Over Worker Status

    A coastguard volunteer's contractual relationship with a maritime rescue agency and his subsequent right to be paid meant that he held worker status before bosses cut him loose, a London appeals tribunal has ruled.

  • May 13, 2024

    Trinity College Librarian Loses Race Bias Claim Over Contract

    A librarian at Cambridge's Trinity College has lost her claim accusing the 478-year-old college of race discrimination after an employment tribunal found the college's contracts did not treat those who need to travel abroad to see family less favorably.

  • May 13, 2024

    Law Firm Beats Paralegal's COVID Whistleblower Claim

    An employment tribunal has dismissed a former paralegal's claim alleging she was unfairly dismissed for raising complaints about her mentor's behavior and COVID-19 practices, finding the disclosures didn't play a part in the firm's decision to fire her.

  • May 13, 2024

    Barrister May Have 'Dozed Off' For Medical Reasons, She Says

    A barrister denied undermining the public's trust in the legal profession on Monday after she was brought before the barristers' tribunal for allegedly falling asleep during a coroner's inquest in which she was acting as counsel.

Expert Analysis

  • Pension Scheme Ruling Elucidates Conversion Issues

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    In Newell Trustees v. Newell Rubbermaid UK Services, the High Court recently upheld a pension plan's conversion of final salary benefits to money purchase benefits, a welcome conclusion that considered several notable issues, such as how to construe pension deeds and when contracts made outside scheme rules can determine benefits, say Ian Gordon and Jamie Barnett at Gowling.

  • 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.

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