Employment UK

  • March 12, 2024

    UK Pension Deals Hit Record-Breaking £50B In 2023

    The total value of pension transfer deals in the U.K. hit a record-breaking £50 billion ($64 billion) in 2023, Hymans Robertson said Tuesday, with the number of transactions also eclipsing previous highs.

  • March 12, 2024

    Axed Greggs Staffer Warned Off Racism Complaint Wins £21K

    A tribunal has scolded Greggs for its handling of an employee's racial discrimination claim and awarded the staffer £21,400 ($27,400) after the bakery chain botched a probe into whether he took unauthorized leave before unfairly firing him and two others.

  • March 11, 2024

    Whistleblower Forced To Quit After Questioning CEO's CV

    A chief operating officer at a charity was forced to resign after senior figures said his whistleblowing claims about the new chief executive's CV had ruined their trust in him, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • March 11, 2024

    Santander Whistleblower Loses Bid To Revive Claim

    An appellate tribunal has rejected a bid by a former financial crime policy manager at Santander to revive her whistleblowing and discrimination claims against the bank, ruling a fair trial was not possible because she failed to exchange witness statements.

  • March 11, 2024

    Insolvency Service Makes Progress on Gender Pay, Diversity

    Discrepancies in salaries between men and women at the Insolvency Service narrowed further by five percentage points in 2023, the bankruptcy administrator has revealed in its latest gender pay gap report, with women now making up more than half of its workforce.

  • March 11, 2024

    MPs To Hear From Administrators In Norton Pension Scandal

    A parliamentary committee said Monday that it will weigh whether victims of pension fraud can receive compensation faster as the first part of its probe into the retirement savings scandal at Norton Motorcycle Co.  

  • March 11, 2024

    FCA Fines British Steel Pensions Firm, Bans Advisers

    The finance watchdog said Monday that it has hit a financial advice company with a fine and banned two former employees after discovering failures by the business when it put through £90 million ($115 million) of retirement savings transfers for members of the British Steel Pension Scheme.

  • March 11, 2024

    Lack Of Evidence Hits Bid To Nix Bias Claim, Tribunal Rules

    A water treatment company has lost its bid to toss a discrimination claim brought by a fired employee, as a tribunal ruled that allegations that the worker seriously harassed a colleague is not enough to strike out his claim against the firm.

  • March 08, 2024

    FCA To Boost Fight Against Nonfinancial Misconduct

    The Financial Conduct Authority said Friday it would ramp up its fight against bullying and sexual harassment in the financial services sector in light of a damning parliamentary report condemning efforts to tackle sexism in the financial services sector.

  • March 08, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen Barclays initiate legal proceedings against top Russian private bank JSC Alfa-Bank; Lex Greensill, founder of the collapsed Greensill Capital, suing the U.K.'s Department for Business and Trade; Wikipedia's parent company hit with a libel claim; and a sports journalism teacher filing a data protection claim against Manchester United FC. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 08, 2024

    Law Firms Urged To Retain More Senior Female Solicitors

    The Law Society said on Friday that it wants firms to intensify their efforts to promote women to senior roles and retain them, noting on International Women's Day that the gender gap in the sector has narrowed since 2015.

  • March 08, 2024

    Kuwait Must Pay Doctor £330K In Age, Disability Bias Case

    The Kuwaiti government must pay a former diplomatic service doctor more than £330,000 ($425,000) for forcing him to retire after he refused to go to the office while shielding during the COVID-19 pandemic, a London tribunal ruled on Friday.

  • March 08, 2024

    Gov't Sets Out 'Social Factors' Guide For Pension Investment

    The pensions watchdog has urged retirement fund managers to weigh social factors, such as labor rights and the safety of workers, as part of their investment considerations.

  • March 08, 2024

    Scottish Water Wins Retrial Of Analyst's Equal Pay Win

    An appeals tribunal has granted Scottish Water a second chance to argue that a female employee was paid less than her male counterpart because of a difference in skills and experience, rather than sex discrimination.

  • March 08, 2024

    Army Major Says MoD Branded Him Racist In £50K Libel Claim

    A major in the British Army has hit the Ministry of Defence with a £50,000 ($64,000) libel claim over a video on its website that allegedly said he pushed a Black warrant officer to want to quit by targeting him and others with compulsory drug tests.

  • March 07, 2024

    Efforts To Tackle Sexism In City Moving At 'Snail's Pace'

    A group of senior MPs called on Friday for an end to the "era of impunity" in the country's financial sector, saying that efforts to tackle sexism in the City are moving at a "snail's pace" and ignoring the benefits of diversity.

  • March 07, 2024

    Dolce & Gabbana Harrods Worker Loses Race Bias Appeal

    An Algerian Dolce & Gabbana shop worker who was sacked from her job at the designer brand's Harrods store for gaming its sick leave policy has lost her fight to revive her claim that she was singled out because she was not Italian.

  • March 07, 2024

    Written Notice Not Required For Parental Leave, Court Says

    Employees do not need to have requested parental leave in writing to trigger U.K. laws protecting them from being sacked for exercising their right to time off after a child is born, a London appeals tribunal ruled Thursday.

  • March 07, 2024

    UK Launches Case To Disqualify Lex Greensill As A Director

    The U.K. government said Thursday that it is seeking to disqualify Lex Greensill, the founder of collapsed finance company Greensill Capital, from running another company for 15 years.

  • March 07, 2024

    Ex-England Rugby Player Wins Case Over Sexist Comments

    A former England rugby player has won her claim for sex discrimination and constructive dismissal after a tribunal ruled that her managers targeted her with derogatory comments while she worked as a firefighter.

  • March 07, 2024

    UK Modern Slavery Victim Reports Hit Record High In 2023

    Just over 17,000 potential victims of modern slavery were referred to the Home Office in 2023 in a record high, according to data published by the government department Thursday.

  • March 07, 2024

    UK Working On Fix For Privacy Rules Clash On Pensions

    The government is working on a solution to the problem of pension providers being held back from communicating with members because of privacy regulations, a minister has said.

  • March 06, 2024

    FCA Did Not Unfairly Fire Staffer Amid Harassment Probe

    The U.K.'s financial watchdog did not unfairly sack a supervisor based on his race after an internal investigation held that he had harassed another employee, a London appeals tribunal has ruled.

  • March 06, 2024

    Fired 'Color Purple' Actor Loses Appeal Over Christian Beliefs

    A theater company did not discriminate against a Christian actor when it dropped her from a role in a musical production of "The Color Purple" over an anti-gay social media post, a London appeals tribunal ruled on Wednesday.

  • March 06, 2024

    UK Cuts Tax, Reforms Non-Dom Rules In Pre-Election Budget

    The U.K. government unveiled another cut in payroll taxes and changes to rules on non-domicile status on Wednesday as it presented its election-year spring Budget.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Changes In Employment That May Affect Sponsor Licenses

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    With economic conditions prompting changes that expose businesses to additional immigration compliance risks, and the U.K. Home Office increasing its enforcement activities regarding employment, employers should be alert to the potential implications, say attorneys at Lewis Silkin.

  • How The LDI Crisis May Lead To Pensions' Negligence Claims

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    Following the liability-driven investment crisis and its impact on pension schemes, employers and trustees may now be considering if anyone is to blame for any losses arising, say Rachael Healey and Andrew Oberholzer at RPC.

  • Immersive Tech And The Risks It Poses For Employers

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    While augmented reality and virtual reality technologies can promote efficiency and cost savings, there is a risk of significant health implications for employees, and businesses should be aware of the legal and regulatory risks that need to be managed, say Olivia Sinfield and Dan Charie at Osborne Clarke.

  • How SRA Workplace Culture Guidance May Help Legal Sector

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    Whether or not the Solicitors Regulation Authority acts on its recently released guidance on toxic workplace environments in law firms and imposes harsh sanctions, it will hopefully encourage some positive top-down changes, and should give individuals confidence to demand acceptable behavior, says Georgina Calvert-Lee at Bellevue Law.

  • Examining Quotas And Positive Discrimination In Employment

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    The U.K. differs from most other European jurisdictions, where it is lawful to take positive action but not positive discrimination, but since current legislation requires the U.K. to keep up with EU levels of employment protection, the government may decide to amend national law to keep pace with the EU, say Ranjit Dhindsa and Richard Branson at Fieldfisher.

  • The UK's Pursuit Of Simplified Holiday Leave Calculations

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    The British government's recent proposed amendments to the Working Time Regulations, which simplify statutory holiday entitlement calculations for part-year workers, demonstrate an intent to mitigate the confusing implications of the U.K. Supreme Court's 2022 ruling in Harpur Trust v. Brazel, but more clarity may be needed, say Josie Beal and Megan Simpkins at Birketts.

  • 5 Things To Know Before An Internal Investigation In France

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    The cadence of internal investigations is picking up in France, and the cultural expectations and legal constraints in these procedures are apt to surprise those from common law traditions, says Johanna Schwartz Miralles at Delcade.

  • Danske Bank Deal Offers Corporate Compensation Warning

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    The recent Danske Bank settlement opens doors for aggressive prosecution of fraud committed against U.S. banks that maintain correspondent relationships and instructs companies to implement compensation systems restricting executive bonuses in response to misconduct, say Michael Volkov and Alexander Cotoia at The Volkov Law Group.

  • How Apprenticeships Are Transforming The Legal Sector

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    As more legal employers recognize the benefits of creating apprenticeship opportunities, they are likely to grow in popularity, ensuring that the best and brightest minds are available to meet the challenges of an ever complex and changing legal environment, says Aisha Saeed at Addleshaw Goddard.

  • Lacoste Flexible Working Ruling Acts As Alert To Employers

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    In light of the U.K. Employment Appeal Tribunal decision in Glover v. Lacoste and the government’s commitment to make flexible working requests an employment right, employers are well advised to ensure that those handling the requests receive training on the process and the risk of indirect discrimination, says Amanda Steadman at BDBF.

  • A Breakdown Of The SRA's Proposed New Fining Powers

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    Thanks to the Solicitors Regulation Authority's pending new fining framework, which includes guidance on unsuitable fines and a fixed penalties scheme for low-level breaches, firms can expect to see more disciplinary findings leading to an SRA fine rather than referral to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, say Graham Reid and Shanice Holder at RPC.

  • Problems With New UK 'Working Patterns' Bill Are Predictable

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    While the worthy intentions of the new Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Bill are not in question, in not defining "predictable" it has a yawning vacuum at its heart, and given the enormous potential for claims something more specific is surely required, says David Whincup at Squire Patton.

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