Employment UK

  • 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).

  • May 10, 2024

    Costs Of Pension Portals Rise £54M Over Launch Delays

    The cost of building new online pensions dashboards has risen by £54 million ($67.6 million) in three years as the project has faced delays due to poor governance, a damning report by the public sector audit watchdog said on Friday.

  • May 10, 2024

    Ofsted Unfairly Fired Disabled Staff Over Call Center Dispute

    Schools inspection body Ofsted unfairly dismissed two long-serving employees after forcing them to take on new duties at a call center that they couldn't perform because of medical problems, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • May 10, 2024

    Burges Salmon Steers £100M Pension Deal For Rathbones

    Insurer Canada Life said it has completed a £100 million ($125.1 million) buy-in with the pension schemes of investment and wealth management company Rathbones Group PLC, in a deal steered by Burges Salmon LLP.

  • May 10, 2024

    Halfords Worker Mocked With African Accent Wins £53K

    A tribunal has awarded a former manager at auto repair and cycling retailer Halfords more than £53,000 ($66,000) after ruling that his co-worker harassed him because of his race by imitating an African accent.

  • May 09, 2024

    Court Staffer Wins Claim That Office Work Was Discriminatory

    An administrative officer at a London magistrates court has won her employment tribunal claim accusing the court of unlawfully disciplining her for missing work because of her chronic pain condition.

  • May 09, 2024

    Royal Bank Of Canada Beats Analyst's Bullying Claim

    The Royal Bank of Canada convinced an employment tribunal to toss discrimination claims from a former employee because he filed his action too late.

  • May 09, 2024

    Pension Watchdog In Talks With Gov't Over New Remit

    The U.K.'s retirement savings watchdog said it is in talks with the government on formally extending its remit to encompass pension scheme administrators.

Expert Analysis

  • Pension Scheme Ruling Elucidates Conversion Issues

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    In Newell Trustees v. Newell Rubbermaid UK Services, the High Court recently upheld a pension plan's conversion of final salary benefits to money purchase benefits, a welcome conclusion that considered several notable issues, such as how to construe pension deeds and when contracts made outside scheme rules can determine benefits, say Ian Gordon and Jamie Barnett at Gowling.

  • Workplace Bullying Bill Implications For Employers And Execs

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    In light of the upcoming parliamentary debate on the Bullying and Respect at Work Bill, organizations should consider how a statutory definition of "workplace bullying" could increase employee complaints and how senior executives would be implicated if the bill becomes law, says Sophie Rothwell at Charles Russell.

  • Amazon's €32M Data Protection Fine Acts As Employer Caveat

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    The recent decision by French data privacy regulator CNIL to fine Amazon for excessive surveillance of its workers opens up a raft of potential employment law, data protection and breach of contract issues, and offers a clear warning that companies need coherent justification for monitoring employees, say Robert Smedley and William Richmond-Coggan at Freeths.

  • Employers Can 'Waive' Goodbye To Unknown Future Claims

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    The Scottish Court of Session's recent decision in Bathgate v. Technip Singapore, holding that unknown future claims in a qualifying settlement agreement can be waived, offers employers the possibility of achieving a clean break when terminating employees and provides practitioners with much-needed guidance on how future cases might be dealt with in court, says Natasha Nichols at Farrer & Co.

  • Why Investment In Battery Supply Chain Is Important For UK

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    The recently published U.K. battery strategy sets out the government’s vision for a globally competitive battery supply chain, and it is critical that the U.K. secures investment to maximize opportunities for economic prosperity and net-zero transition, say lawyers at Watson Farley & Williams.

  • Ruling Elucidates Tensions In Assessing Employee Disability

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    An employment tribunal's recent decision, maintaining that dermatitis was not a disability, but stress was, illustrates tensions in the interaction between statutory guidance on reasonable behavior modifications and Equality Act measures, says Suzanne Nulty at Weightmans.

  • ECJ Ruling Triggers Reconsiderations Of Using AI In Hiring

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    A recent European Court of Justice ruling, clarifying that the General Data Protection Regulation could apply to decisions made by artificial intelligence, serves as a warning to employers, as the use of AI in recruitment may lead to more discrimination claims, say Dino Wilkinson and James Major at Clyde & Co.

  • Supreme Court Ruling Is A Gift To Insolvency Practitioners

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    As corporate criminal liability is in sharp focus, the Supreme Court's recent decision in Palmer v. Northern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court that administrators are not company officers and should not be held liable under U.K. labor law is instructive in focusing on the substance and not merely the title of a person's role within a company, say lawyers at Greenberg Traurig.

  • More Remains To Be Done To Achieve Gender Parity In Law

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    Significant strides have been made over the years to improve gender diversity in the legal profession, but the pay gap, lack of workplace flexibility and uneven child care burden remain significant challenges to progress, says Caroline Green at Browne Jacobson.

  • Key Employer Lessons From 2023 Neurodiversity Case Uptick

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    The rise in neurodiversity cases in U.K. employment tribunals last year emphasizes the growing need for robust occupational health support, and that employers must acknowledge and adjust for individuals with disabilities in their workplaces to ensure compliance and foster a neurodiverse-friendly work environment, says Emily Cox at Womble Bond.

  • Pension Industry Should Monitor Evolving ESG Issues In 2024

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    ESG thinking in the pensions industry has substantially evolved from focusing on climate change and net-zero to including nature and social considerations, and formalizing governance processes — illustrating that, in 2024, continually monitoring ESG issues sits squarely within trustee fiduciary duties, says Liz Ramsaran at DWF.

  • 5 Key UK Employment Law Developments From 2023

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    Key employment law issues in 2023 suggest that topics such as trade union recognition for collective bargaining in the gig economy, industrial action and menopause discrimination will be at the top of the agenda for employers and employees in 2024, say Merrill April and Anaya Price at CM Murray.

  • Emerging Trends From A Busy Climate Litigation Year

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    Although many environmental cases brought in the U.K. were unsuccessful in 2023, they arguably clarified several relevant issues, such as climate rights, director and trustee obligations, and the extent to which claimants can hold the government accountable, illustrating what 2024 may have in store for climate litigation, say Simon Bishop and Patrick Kenny at Hausfeld.

  • 2024 Will Be A Busy Year For Generative AI And IP Issues

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    In light of increased litigation and policy proposals on balancing intellectual property rights and artificial intelligence innovation, 2024 is shaping up to be full of fast-moving developments that will have significant implications for AI tool developers, users of such tools and rights holders, say lawyers at Mishcon de Reya.

  • How Businesses Can Prepare For Cyber Resilience In 2024

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    With cybersecurity breaches one of the biggest threats to U.K. businesses and as legislation tightens, organizations should prioritize their external security measures in 2024 and mitigate risks by being well-informed on internal data protection procedures, says Kevin Modiri at Nelsons.

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