Employment UK

  • June 19, 2024

    Amazon Drivers Sue Over Alleged Work Visa Scam

    A group of Amazon drivers who say they were lured to the U.K. from Spain as part of a sophisticated visa scam have filed an employment claim against the retail giant and its logistics provider.

  • June 19, 2024

    Sales Reps Win Discrimination Claim Over 'Somali Pirate' Slur

    An employment tribunal has ruled that used car seller Stellantis & You discriminated against two sales advisers following evidence of racial slurs, including staff calling one a "Somali pirate" and another a "Black bastard."

  • June 19, 2024

    Gaming Execs Deny Copying Ex-Firm's Code For New Game

    Two former directors of an online gambling company have denied its claim that they plagiarized copyrighted source code for its "Slingo" online betting game to produce several competing products through the rival business they joined.

  • June 19, 2024

    Barrister Sanctioned Over Fight At The Opera

    A barrister was sanctioned by a disciplinary board on Wednesday for getting into a fistfight at an opera as the panel found that he had behaved in a way that is likely to diminish public trust in the legal profession.

  • June 19, 2024

    Fieldfisher Steers £165M Mineral Biz Pension Deal

    Insurance giant Aviva said on Wednesday that it has completed a full retirement savings plan buy-in worth £165 million ($210 million) sponsored by mineral miner and processor Sibelco UK Ltd., in a deal guided by Fieldfisher LLP.

  • June 18, 2024

    NHS Surgeon Loses Appeal Over Fixed-Term Status

    A locum consultant breast surgeon lost her bid to become a permanent employee at a London hospital trust Tuesday after an appellate judge found that the trust was entitled to keep her on a fixed-term contract.

  • June 18, 2024

    Solicitor Who Stalked Ex-Girlfriend Struck Off

    A solicitor convicted of stalking over repeatedly kicking his ex-girlfriend's door and threatening to "sort her out" has been struck off by a tribunal Tuesday.

  • June 18, 2024

    Judges Fight For Higher Pay When Acting In Senior Roles

    A group of judges told the Employment Tribunal on Tuesday that they are being unfairly underpaid, arguing that when they occasionally act in more senior roles they should be paid the same as the judges in those higher positions.

  • June 18, 2024

    HSBC Manager Won't Be Reinstated After Unfair Dismissal

    An employment tribunal has refused to order HSBC to reinstate a former manager after it unfairly dismissed her in a flawed redundancy process, finding that the bank would have ended her employment on the same day anyway.

  • June 18, 2024

    Manufacturer Demands Ex-Director Gives Up Personal Emails

    A chemicals manufacturer is suing its former director for keeping hold of his personal email addresses after he left the job, which it claims contain business invoices and information about the company's performance.

  • June 17, 2024

    Law Firm Worker Wins Bid To Quash Disciplinary Sanctions

    A legal worker successfully got his sanction quashed by a disciplinary tribunal on Monday, with the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal overturning a ban placed on him for allegedly misleading the court and pretending to be a solicitor when he was not qualified in England and Wales.

  • June 17, 2024

    Blind Man Denied A Work Buddy Wins Discrimination Claim

    A blind employee won his discrimination case against a Welsh bakery when an employment tribunal found that the bakery didn't give him time to familiarize himself with his surroundings or offer him a "buddy" while he adjusted to his new workplace.

  • June 17, 2024

    Foreign Exchange Biz To Pay £61K Over Demotion

    A foreign exchange firm must pay £61,993 ($78,535) to a senior employee after an employment tribunal ruled that its decision to nix his desk management role was a demotion that amounted to a dismissal.

  • June 17, 2024

    Judge Axes Ex-Stobart CEO's Conspiracy Claim

    Allowing Stobart Group's former chief executive to reargue that he was the victim of a conspiracy to remove him as chair would be "an abuse of process," a London court ruled Monday as it struck out his claim against the company and five of its directors.

  • June 17, 2024

    Housing Trust Workers Win £95K Over Racial Bias Claims

    A tribunal has ordered one of the U.K.'s largest housing associations to pay two mixed-race employees a total of almost £95,000 ($120,000) after ruling that it had failed to ensure that its recruitment process avoided racial bias.

  • June 14, 2024

    Tesco Car Crash Scammer Found In Contempt

    A scammer who made a false compensation claim against Tesco over a staged traffic accident was on Friday found in contempt of court for having another man impersonate him in a hearing and trying to blame his lawyers for the fraudulent claim.

  • June 14, 2024

    Malicious Falsehood Ruling Casts Doubt On Law's Efficacy

    A decision by the U.K.'s highest court refusing to award damages without proof of financial loss in a malicious falsehood claim has called into question the effectiveness of a law designed to make claims easier to bring.

  • June 14, 2024

    Ex-Chelsea FC Employee Loses Bid To Toss Harassment Loss

    A former Chelsea Football Club Ltd. groundsman lost his battle in a London court Friday to overturn a ruling that he had forfeited his chance to defend against his ex-employer's harassment claim after a judge said he had "no real answer" for not responding to the club.

  • June 14, 2024

    Judge Wins OK To Challenge Secretive Appointment Process

    A district court judge has won permission to bring her case that a secretive part of the process for appointing judges is unlawful, after the Court of Appeal ruled that a judicial review is in the public interest.

  • June 14, 2024

    Sony Accountant Loses £750K Equal Pay Claim

    A former PlayStation accountant has lost her claim for sex and race discrimination and unfair dismissal, with a tribunal finding that her complaints against Sony were "routine workplace issues" that did not constitute discrimination.

  • June 14, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen toy company Jellycat hit supermarket Aldi with an intellectual property claim, AIG start proceedings against firefighting foam company Angus International Safety Group, and the Solicitors Regulation Authority file a legal claim against the Post Office amid the ongoing Horizon IT scandal. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 14, 2024

    New Entrant Expected In Pension Transfer Market, LCP Says

    Lane Clark & Peacock LLP said that another new insurer will enter the pension transfer market by the end of the year, bringing the total number of companies securing the liabilities of retirement savings plans to a record high.

  • June 14, 2024

    Pension Watchdog Head To Chair Diversity Initiative

    Britain's retirement savings watchdog has said that its head of regulatory transactions and frontline services Jenny Davie will now chair an initiative designed to promote greater diversity in the pensions sector.

  • June 14, 2024

    Fired Teacher Wins £61K For Menopause Bias

    A Scottish council must pay £61,074 ($77,300) for firing a teacher who refused to transfer to a school for kids with behavioral difficulties because it worsened her menopausal symptoms and anxiety, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • June 14, 2024

    MPs' Pension Fund Has Only 1.3% Allocation To UK Assets

    A pension scheme for British members of Parliament has just £10 million ($12.7 million) of its portfolio invested in U.K. equities, experts revealed Friday, despite efforts by the government to push schemes into fueling the national economic recovery.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Dissecting Recent Developments Against The Misuse Of NDAs

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    The U.K. government's recent plans to nullify nondisclosure agreements that prevent victims from reporting crimes should remind lawyers to proactively consider the necessity of such agreements, especially in light of the Solicitors Regulation Authority's warning notice on drafting improper NDAs, say Clare Davis and Macaela Joyes at RPC.

  • 3 Notable Pensions Reforms In Spring Budget

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    The U.K. government’s spring budget introduced reforms to improve pension outcomes through the value for money framework and the lifetime provider model, as well as to encourage investments in Britain — three interlinked areas that could pressure trustees and providers to rethink how they approach investments, say Liz Ramsaran and Marcus Fink at DWF.

  • Uber Payout Offers Employer Lessons On Mitigating Bias

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    Uber Eats' recent payout to a driver over allegations that the company's facial recognition software was discriminatory sheds light on bias in AI, and offers guidance for employers on how to avoid harming employees through the use of such technology, says Rachel Rigg at Fieldfisher.

  • Tracing The Effects Of Salary Hikes For Sponsored Workers

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    The government's new salary thresholds for sponsored workers herald substantial wage increases for the majority of occupations, introducing changes to the sponsorship landscape that disproportionately affect private sector employers, says Gary McIndoe at Latitude Law.

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