Employment UK

  • April 15, 2024

    Ex-Autonomy Exec Testifies To Handshake Deals, Backdating

    Autonomy's former U.S. head of sales testified for the prosecution Monday in the criminal fraud trial of founder Michael Lynch, saying he boosted sales figures via "quid pro quo" handshake deals with customers, created pretextual emails to cover his tracks and even backdated a deal to meet revenue targets.

  • April 15, 2024

    Rastafarian Ex-Army Band Player Wins Race Bias Case

    A former British Army horn player has won his racial discrimination case against the Ministry of Defence, with a tribunal concluding that officers stereotyped him as an "angry Black man" and dismissed his complaints about racist treatment.

  • April 15, 2024

    No Quid Pro Quo In Thank You Posts, Fired Journalist Says

    A sports journalist fired after publicly thanking a company that was a corporate sponsor of his charity fundraising efforts argued to an employment tribunal Monday that there was "no quid pro quo" that compromised the BBC.

  • April 15, 2024

    Prison Governor Loses Claim He Was Excluded From Union

    A prison governor lost his claim against a trade union that refused to let him join its ranks twice because he had held key positions in another union that competed with it, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • April 15, 2024

    AML Exec Loses Bid For Interim Pay In Whistleblowing Case

    The co-founder of a London-based payments platform provider has lost his bid to be paid his £190,000 ($237,000) salary while he pursues a whistleblowing and unfair dismissal claim against the company.

  • April 15, 2024

    Trainee Solicitor's Bid To Claim SQE Fees From Ex-Firm Fails

    A trainee solicitor cannot recoup fees for her legal qualification examinations from her former employer, with a tribunal finding that she failed to prove that the law firm had agreed to pay the fees.

  • April 15, 2024

    Pension Protection Fund Has 'Crucial' Future Role, LCP Says

    The Pension Protection Fund could play a crucial role in the "endgame" for defined benefit pension schemes as a state-backed consolidator of smaller retirement plans, a consultancy has said.

  • April 12, 2024

    US-based MSD Broke Ban On Using 'Merck' In UK, Court Finds

    U.S.-based Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC's use of the "Merck" name on websites and social media breached the terms of a court order barring it from using the name in the U.K. to protect German drugmaker Merck KGaA's rights, a London court ruled Friday.

  • April 12, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen footwear brand Dr. Martens hit online retailer Temu with a passing off claim, Welsh soccer club Swansea sue its former head coach Russell Martin, Russian diamond tycoon Dmitry Tsvetkov file a claim against his former business Equix Group Ltd., and U.S. bank Omega Financial Corporation hit African oil and gas company Tende Energy with a claim. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • April 12, 2024

    John Lewis Beats Muslim Worker's Discrimination Claim

    Department store John Lewis has beaten accusations that it discriminated against a Muslim employee, but it botched the process for sacking him, a tribunal has ruled.

  • April 12, 2024

    Abbott Loses Bid To Nix UK Whistleblowing Case On Appeal

    An appeals tribunal has rejected Abbott Laboratories' bid to escape a whistleblowing case brought by the founders of a British DNA technology business that it bought, concluding on Friday that the founders had an arguable case that U.K. judges had jurisdiction.

  • April 12, 2024

    Temp Engineer Must Pay £27K For 'Vexatious' Behavior

    An employment tribunal has ordered a temp to pay thousands of pounds in litigation costs for bringing a claim he knew he would lose, having previously failed to show on three other occasions that he was an employee or a worker.

  • April 12, 2024

    Kingsley Napley Launches 'Enhanced' Carers' Leave

    Kingsley Napley LLP said Friday that it will provide a week's paid leave for employees to care for children, elderly parents or disabled relatives, a move that exceeds its statutory obligations and sets a precedent for other firms in the industry.

  • April 12, 2024

    Sky Managers Can't Appeal Dismissal Case On New Grounds

    Two former Sky store managers cannot reargue their claim that the company owes them money following a mandatory change of role, an appeals tribunal has ruled, blocking them from raising a challenge on grounds that did not come up in the original case.

  • April 12, 2024

    Over 800 Directors Banned For COVID Loan Fraud In 1 Yr

    A total of 831 company directors were banned in the last 12 months for defrauding the COVID loan support scheme for businesses following investigations by the Insolvency Service, the government agency said Friday.

  • April 12, 2024

    Pension Body Warns Of 'Burdensome' New Reporting Rules

    A U.K. pension industry body has called for new reporting regulations on the sector to be toned down, warning that the additional red tape could deter smaller schemes from taking steps to improve their investment strategies.

  • April 11, 2024

    Autonomy Became Less Transparent Before Sale, Jury Told

    An ex-market analyst testifying Thursday in a California criminal trial over claims that former Autonomy CEO Michael Lynch duped HP into buying the British company for $11.7 billion told jurors that the company became less forthcoming about some of its accounting a couple of years before the sale.

  • April 11, 2024

    Law Firm Denies Thwarting Driver's Injury Claim

    JMW Solicitors has pushed back at accusations by an injured delivery driver that it filed his compensation claim against the wrong defendant to avoid a conflict of interest with a valuable client.

  • April 11, 2024

    Airbnb Owner Was Housekeeper's Employer, Tribunal Rules

    A housekeeper who worked at a Scottish castle was an employee instead of a worker and can proceed to sue her old boss for unfairly dismissing her, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • April 11, 2024

    Ex-Post Office Boss Denies 'Cover Up' Of IT Bugs

    A former Post Office boss has denied trying to "cover up" the fact that senior members of the organization knew the IT system used to prosecute hundreds of innocent sub-postmasters was faulty, as he gave evidence to an inquiry Thursday.

  • April 11, 2024

    NHS Assistant With Lung Condition Wins COVID Bias Claim

    An NHS trust in England forced a hospital worker with a chronic lung condition to quit her job by refusing to let her work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, a tribunal has ruled.

  • April 11, 2024

    Failure To Address Group Chat Jokes Pushed Worker To Quit

    Blackpool Council forced an employee to resign after it failed to formally investigate her complaints about a "deluge" of inappropriate WhatsApp group messages that made her view the workplace as hostile, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • April 11, 2024

    Squire Patton Advises Broadstone Buy Of Credit Risk Co.

    Broadstone said on Thursday it had acquired credit risk company Vestigo Partners Ltd., in a deal steered by Squire Patton Boggs and Harrison Clark Rickerbys.

  • April 11, 2024

    Solicitor Struck Off For Misleading Client Over PI Claim

    A former Slater and Gordon personal injury lawyer who admitted that he misled a client about the status of her claim for more than 15 years was struck off by a tribunal on Thursday.

  • April 11, 2024

    Pension Schemes Moving Toward Net Zero, Watchdog Says

    Britain's pensions watchdog said in a review published Thursday that retirement savings schemes have moved closer to achieving net-zero emissions standards in their portfolios by updating investment strategies and boosting allocations to low-carbon funds.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Court Of Appeal Charts Path For COVID Dismissal Claims

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    The Court of Appeal's first COVID-19-related health and safety dismissal decision reassures employers that they can defend claims if they demonstrate they took steps to reduce the risk of infection, or any other type of workplace health and safety risk, in a clear and practical way, says Kathryn Clapp at Taylor Wessing.

  • Lessons To Be Learned From Twitter's Latest Hacking Scandal

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    Following the report of a recent data breach at Twitter, it is clearly vital for companies to adhere to best practices in data protection and IT security arrangements, including technical measures, and proper processes and procedures that mitigate risk and provide adequate training for staff, says Simon Ridding at Keller Postman.

  • UK Court Reinforces High Bar In Human Rights Investigations

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    Although the recent U.K. High Court decision in World Uyghur Congress v. Secretary of State found that a high evidential threshold must be cleared to investigate human rights abuses, this is not to be seen as an incentive for companies to ease back on their supply chain risk management and due diligence procedures, says Lloyd Firth at WilmerHale.

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