Employment UK

  • April 30, 2024

    NHS Wrongly Blocked Whistleblowing Staffer From Working

    A National Health Service trust wrongly stopped an employee from returning to work following a sickness absence after he blew the whistle on patient health risks amid concerns over which medicines his colleagues were prescribing, a tribunal has ruled.

  • April 30, 2024

    Ex-DWF Barrister Disbarred Over False Discrimination Claims

    A tribunal disbarred a formed DWF barrister on Tuesday after concluding that he had dishonestly targeted his boss with false allegations of homophobia and racism, possibly to deflect attention from complaints of misconduct made against him.

  • April 30, 2024

    FIFA Player Transfer Rules Could Break EU Antitrust Laws

    FIFA's transfer rules that entitle football clubs to compensation from players and their new clubs when they cut their contract short to switch teams could be unlawful under European Union antitrust laws, an adviser to the bloc's top court said on Tuesday.

  • April 30, 2024

    UK Pension Deal Market Sees Surge In Smaller Transactions

    The number of pension deals worth less than £100 million ($125 million) rose 10% in 2023, according to data released on Tuesday by Aon PLC, as doubts grow over the need for a state-backed consolidator of retirement savings plans.

  • April 29, 2024

    'I Don't Want To Try That Case,' Judge Tells Mike Lynch's Atty

    The California federal judge overseeing Autonomy founder Michael Lynch's fraud trial over claims he duped HP into paying an inflated $11.7 billion for his company pushed back Monday against an attempt by Lynch's lawyer to introduce evidence of events that took place after the acquisition, saying, "I don't want to try that case."

  • April 29, 2024

    Regulator To Pay £58K For Harassing Gender Critical Worker

    An employment tribunal ordered Westminster City Council and Social Work England to pay £58,344 ($73,284) to a suspended social worker they accused of posting antitransgender content online.

  • April 29, 2024

    DWF Barrister Made False Discrimination Claims, BSB Says

    A former DWF LLP barrister is facing disciplinary action over allegations that he dishonestly and deliberately targeted his boss with false accusations of homophobia and racism.

  • April 29, 2024

    Nurse's Slave Trade Comment Claim Too Late, Tribunal Rules

    An employment tribunal has ruled that a clinical manager at a London hospice left it too late to bring a race harassment claim alleging a hospice doctor asked her why slaves were taken to America instead of England.

  • April 29, 2024

    More Post Office Convictions Sent For Appeal

    The Criminal Cases Review Commission said on Monday that it has sent the cases of five more Post Office workers who were convicted during the Horizon IT scandal to the Crown Court for appeal, the latest in a string of proceedings to head for review after the major miscarriage of justice.

  • April 29, 2024

    BT Unit Must Rehire, Pay £84K To Unfairly Axed Engineer

    A subsidiary of BT must have reinstated a fired engineer and paid him £83,800 ($105,000) by Monday after bosses unfairly cut him loose for allegedly bullying a colleague without hearing both sides of the story, a tribunal has ruled.

  • April 29, 2024

    Lawyer's Death Puts Spotlight On Industry's All-Hours Culture

    Law firms are churning out mental health policies and well-being initiatives, but an inquest into the death of Vanessa Ford, a transactions partner at Pinsent Masons LLP, has shone an uncomfortable light on the sector's long-hours culture.

  • April 26, 2024

    NHS Trust Must Pay £74K, Apologize To COVID Whistleblower

    A National Health Service trust must pay £73,900 ($92,300) and apologize to one of its surgeons after punishing him for blowing the whistle on the risks of face-to-face appointments amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a tribunal has ruled.

  • April 26, 2024

    Businessman Gets 4 Years For Fraud During Directorship Ban

    A businessman who defrauded a pensioner of £60,000 ($75,000) and ran companies while barred from doing so, has been sentenced to four years in prison, the Insolvency Service said on Friday.

  • April 26, 2024

    UK Workers Back Gov't 'Pot For Life' Pension Proposals

    Proposals for single pension pots for life have cross-generational support from U.K. workers, according to the results of a survey by a cross-party policy think tank that were published Friday.

  • April 26, 2024

    Law Firm Office Manager Gets OK For Disability Bias Claim

    A law firm office manager can sue his bosses for disability discrimination after an employment tribunal ruled that his flat feet condition was affecting him daily when they decided to make him redundant.

  • April 26, 2024

    Black Met Constable Wins £25K In Race Bias Claim

    An employment tribunal ordered the Metropolitan Police commissioner to pay £25,403 ($31,790) to a Black constable, after ruling that a sergeant had discriminated against him by remarking that he had stared "menacingly."

  • April 26, 2024

    BoE To Include Funded Re In Life Insurance Stress Test

    The Bank of England has said it will consider the risks posed by offshore reinsurance contracts when it carries out a stress test on life insurers in 2025.

  • April 26, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen budget airline Ryanair file a claim against NATS PLC after the air traffic controller's system collapsed, Mastercard and Visa Europe face group claims from Christian Dior and dozens of other beauty retailers, an intellectual property clash between the publisher of The Sun and ITV, and ISC Europe sue a former director for alleged money laundering. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • April 26, 2024

    HSBC Recruiter Can't Bring Claim Over 'Eye-Rolling' Boss

    A former HSBC recruiter with an obsessive-compulsive disorder can't sue the bank for disability bias over his manager's eye-rolling after a tribunal ruled the claim was brought too late.

  • April 26, 2024

    Director's 'OK Babes' Comment Was Sex Discrimination

    The managing director at a vehicle recovery business discriminated against a female employee by saying "OK babes" in response to her complaints about him citing her appearance as a reason to invite her to a meeting, a tribunal has ruled.

  • April 26, 2024

    Amazon Sued For Allegedly Coercing UK Staff To Quit Union

    The GMB union said Friday that it has sued retail giant Amazon for allegedly inducing workers to quit their union following a successful bid for a shot at official recognition.

  • April 25, 2024

    Disciplinary Chair Wins Worker Status, Holiday Pay

    A barrister who served as a chair on the regulatory board for the Nursing and Midwifery Council has won his bid for paid annual leave, with the Employment Tribunal finding that gig economy workers must have an incentive to take holidays, so they do not swap cash for rest.

  • April 25, 2024

    Waitress Made Redundant While Pregnant Wins Bias Appeal

    A waitress has revived her pregnancy discrimination claim after a tribunal ruled that previous judges made "fundamental" errors when they sided with the cafe owner who made her redundant.

  • May 02, 2024

    White & Case Hires White-Collar Pro From Noerr In Germany

    White & Case LLP has hired the former co-head of the compliance and investigations group at Noerr to lead its internal investigations team in Frankfurt as part of a big push to expand its global white-collar practice.

  • April 25, 2024

    Black Nurse Wins Second Shot At Job Offer Withdrawal Claim

    An appeals tribunal has ruled that a Black nurse could have a second chance at arguing that a care home withdrew a job offer because he made a complaint of race discrimination during the recruitment process.

Expert Analysis

  • In-Office Policies May Be Solution To UK Skills Shortage

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    Against the backdrop of the U.K. skills shortage, personal engagement with junior lawyers could boost employee commitment, engagement and retention, highlighting that physical presence in the office is valued and vital, says Michael Stokes at Harrison Clark.

  • Why Workplace Menstruation And Menopause Support Matters

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    The British Standards Institution's recent workplace standard on menstruation, menstrual health and menopause marks a new chapter in combating age- and gender-based employment inequalities, and employers play a huge role in facilitating inclusive workplaces to attract, retain and support women of all ages, says Kathleen Riach at Glasgow University.

  • Leadership Development Recommendations For Employers

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    There's a clear need for organizations to rethink the way they develop and implement leadership and development initiatives for employees, because better-equipped leaders will contribute to an overall improvement in organizational culture and business performance, says Louise Lawrence at Winckworth Sherwood.

  • Pension Trustee Case Could Lead To Fossil Fuels Divestment

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    While the recent Court of Appeal case McGaughey v. Universities Superannuation Scheme attempts to link fossil fuel investment by trustees to significant risk of financial detriment, it is concerning that two out of 470,000 scheme members could be permitted to bring a claim without ensuring that other members are represented, says Anna Metadjer at Kingsley Napley.

  • Supporting Employees Dealing With Infertility and Baby Loss

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    With employers facing potential loss of talent due to employees experiencing a lack of support on pregnancy and fertility issues — nearly one-quarter of employees have considered leaving their jobs for this reason, per a recent survey — companies should implement policies to help recognize and support their workers going through such life-changing events, says Helen Burgess at Gateley.

  • AI Act Issues To Watch As EU Legislators Negotiate

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    The EU is working to adopt the world's first comprehensive regulatory framework for artificial intelligence, but the AI Act proposals from the European Commission, Parliament and Council currently differ on law enforcement use of AI, classification of AI systems and related compliance obligations, say Alexander Roussanov and Lazarinka Naydenova at Arnold & Porter.

  • EU Decision Adds To Growing Right Of Access Case Law

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    The European Court of Justice recently confirmed in Pankki S the broad scope of the right to access under the General Data Protection Regulation, including data processed before the regulation came into operation, which may pose a burden in terms of cost and time for organizations with long-standing clients, say Thibaut D'hulst, Dariusz Kloza and Danica Fong at Van Bael & Bellis.

  • Perks And Potential Legal Pitfalls Of Int'l Remote Working

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    In a tight labor market, employers can entice prospective employees with international remote working, but should be aware of key immigration, data protection and tax issues, says Tim Hayes at BDB Pitmans.

  • UK Tribunal Ruling Sheds Light On Workplace Speech Issues

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    The U.K. Employment Appeal Tribunal's recent judgment in Higgs v. Farmor's School — concerning a Christian employee dismissed for allegedly anti-LGBT social media posts — highlights factors that employers should consider in tricky situations involving employees' speech, says Anna Bond at Lewis Silkin.

  • Tackling Global Inflation Is A Challenge For Antitrust Agencies

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    Recent events have put pressure on antitrust agencies to address the global cost-of-living crisis, but the relationship between competition and inflation is complex, and with competition agencies’ reluctance to act as price regulators, enforcement is unlikely to have a meaningful impact, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • Employment Tribunal Data Offers Workplace Practice Insights

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    A breakdown of the Ministry of Justice's recent Employment Tribunal figures shows shifting trends among employees, and potential challenges and possible improvement areas for employers, and if the data continues to be published, it could play an essential part in clearing the fast-growing backlog of tribunal matters, says Gemma Clark at Wright Hassall.

  • Unpacking The Rwanda Policy Appeal Decision

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    The Court of Appeal recently declared the U.K. government's Rwanda policy unlawful in AAA v. Secretary of State, but given that this was only on the basis that Rwanda is not currently a safe third country, it is possible that the real risk of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights breaches will be obviated, says Alex Papasotiriou at Richmond Chambers.

  • Opinion

    Why Menstrual Leave Policies May Be Counterproductive

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    Efforts to introduce U.K. standards on leave for menstruation, which in practice has been narrowly applied, may be distracting focus from pay gap and family rights laws, and robust sick leave policies that may be more relevant to tackling gender equality in the workplace, say Sean Nesbitt and Sophie Davidson at Taylor Wessing.

  • Opinion

    UK Noncompete Cap Will Not Grow Business As Intended

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    The U.K. government's recent response to its 2020 consultation on restrictive covenants has not given any obvious consideration to the position of employers, as there is no evidence supporting its proposition that limiting noncompetes to three months will assist recruitment and help employees find new jobs at often higher pay, says David Whincup at Squire Patton.

  • Workplace Neurotech Requires A Balance Of Risk And Reward

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    The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office's recently released a report on neurotech, and while such technologies could unlock a stubbornly low productivity stagnation, they pose employer data compliance questions and potential employee discrimination risks, say Ingrid Hesselbo and Ben Milloy at Fladgate.

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