Employment UK

  • 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.

  • May 13, 2024

    Warning On Surge In Mortgages Going Beyond Retirement

    Almost half of new mortgages issued in Britain toward the end of 2023 reach beyond the state pension age, figures published on Monday show, raising the risk of an impending retirement crisis.

  • May 13, 2024

    Biotech Biz OK To Fire CEO For Attempted Board Coup

    The sacked boss of a biotechnology startup cannot challenge the decision of his ex-employers to fire him for staging an attempted coup against the board because he had not held his post for two years before his dismissal, a tribunal has ruled.

  • May 13, 2024

    Demand Grows For Cross-Border Pensions In Unstable States

    Cross-border pension and saving plans have more than doubled in just five years, with much of the growth in schemes covering employees in unstable countries, according to a survey published Monday.

  • May 10, 2024

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

    The past week in London has seen Playtech file an intellectual property claim against online casino company OnAir Entertainment amid allegations of corporate spying, a broadcast equipment company sue its former owner amid allegations he conspired to inflate a customer’s finances, and aerospace company Vertical Aerospace hit a manufacturer with a claim following a test flight crash. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 10, 2024

    Gov't Agency Fights To Limit Damages For Race Bias Claim

    A government procurement agency accused a former employee of lying in a remedy hearing Friday as she fights for a payout on her racial discrimination claim, arguing she should only be entitled to £10,000 ($12,500) in compensation for her successful claim as a result.

  • May 10, 2024

    Commerzbank Analyst To Pay £20K After False Allegations

    A financial analyst has lost all his claims of harassment, sexual harassment, victimization and race discrimination at the hands of Commzerbank, as the Employment Tribunal found that some allegations were "pure inventions" and ordered him to hand over £20,000 ($25,000).

Expert Analysis

  • Employer Lessons From Ruling On Prof's Anti-Zionist Views

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    In Miller v. University of Bristol, an employment tribunal recently ruled that a professor's anti-Zionist beliefs were protected by the Equality Act 2010, highlighting for employers why it’s important to carefully consider disciplinary actions related to an employee's political expressions, says Hina Belitz at Excello Law.

  • ECJ Ruling Clarifies Lawyer Independence Questions

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    The European Court of Justice's recent ruling in Bonnanwalt v. EU Intellectual Property Office, finding that a law firm had maintained independence despite being owned by its client, serves as a pivotal reference point to understanding the contours of legal representation before EU courts, say James Tumbridge and Benedict Sharrock-Harris at Venner Shipley.

  • How Employers Should Respond To Flexible Work Requests

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    U.K. employees will soon have the right to request flexible working arrangements from the first day of employment, including for religious observances, and refusing them without objective justification could expose employers to indirect discrimination claims and hurt companies’ diversity and inclusion efforts, says Jim Moore at Hamilton Nash.

  • What COVID Payout Ruling Means For Lockdown Loss Claims

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    While the High Court's recent COVID-19 payout decision in Gatwick v. Liberty Mutual, holding that pandemic-related regulations trigger prevention of access clauses, will likely lead to insurers accepting more business interruption claims, there are still evidentiary challenges and issues regarding policy limits and furlough, say Josianne El Antoury and Greg Lascelles at Covington.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • Crypto As A Coin Of The Corporate Realm: The Pros And Cons

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    The broadened range of crypto-assets opens up new possibilities for employers looking to recruit, incentivize and retain employees through the use of crypto, but certain risks must be addressed, say Dan Sharman and Sunny Mangatt at Shoosmiths.

  • Employer Tips For Handling Data Subject Access Requests

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    As employers face numerous employee data-subject access requests — and the attendant risks of complaints to the Information Commissioner's Office — issues such as managing deadlines and sifting through data make compliance more difficult, highlighting the importance of efficient internal processes and clear communication when responding to a request, say Gwynneth Tan and Amy Leech at Shoosmiths.

  • Employer Tips For Navigating The Growing 'Workcation' Trend

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    While the trend of working remotely from a holiday property may be attractive to workers, employers must set clear guidelines to help employees successfully combine work and leisure without implicating legal risks or compromising business efficacy, says Amy Leech at Shoosmiths.

  • Opinion

    UK Whistleblowers Flock To The US For Good Reason

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    The U.K. Serious Fraud Office director recently brought renewed attention to the differences between the U.K. and U.S. whistleblower regimes — differences that may make reporting to U.S. agencies a better and safer option for U.K. whistleblowers, and show why U.K. whistleblower laws need to be improved, say Benjamin Calitri and Kate Reeves at Kohn Kohn.

  • No-Poach Agreements Face Greater EU Antitrust Scrutiny

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    EU competition authorities are increasingly viewing employer no-poach agreements as anti-competitive and an enforcement priority, demonstrating that such provisions are no longer without risk in Europe, and proving the importance of understanding EU antitrust law concerns and implications, says Robert Hardy at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Water Special Administration Changes May Affect Creditors

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    Following the publication of new legislation, changes are afoot to the U.K. government's statutory regime governing special administrations for regulated water companies — and one consequence may be that some creditors of such companies will find themselves in a more uncertain position, say Helena Clarke and Charlotte Møller at Squire Patton.

  • Opinion

    Labour Should Reconsider Its Discrimination Law Plans

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    While the Labour Party's recent proposals allowing equal pay claims based on ethnicity and disability, and introducing dual discrimination, have laudable intentions and bring some advantages, they are not the right path forward as the changes complicate the discrimination claim process for employees, say Colin Leckey and Tarun Tawakley at Lewis Silkin.

  • Tracing The History Of LGBTQ+ Rights In The Workplace

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    Pride History month is a timely reminder of how recent developments have shaped LGBTQ+ employees' rights in the workplace today, and what employers can do to ensure that employees are protected from discrimination, including creating safe workplace cultures and promoting allyship, say Caitlin Farrar and Jessica Bennett at Farrer.

  • Ruling In FCA Case Offers Tips On Flexible Work Requests

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    In Wilson v. Financial Conduct Authority, the Employment Tribunal recently found that the regulator's rejection of a remote work request was justified, highlighting for employers factors that affect flexible work request outcomes, while emphasizing that individual inquiries should be considered on the specific facts, say Frances Rollin, Ella Tunnell and Kerry Garcia at Stevens & Bolton.

  • Breaking Down The New UK Pension Funding Regs

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    Recently published U.K. pension regulations, proposing major changes to funding and investing in defined benefit pension schemes, raise implementation considerations for trustees, including the importance of the employer covenant, say Charles Magoffin and Elizabeth Bullock at Freshfields.

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