Employment UK

  • June 10, 2024

    What Tax Experts Hope To See In Labour's Manifesto

    Labour's policy manifesto, expected to be unveiled on Thursday, will be studied by tax lawyers for more detail on the fiscal planning being carried out by the clear favorite to win the general election, including a final word on lifetime pension savings.

  • June 07, 2024

    Police Officers Win Case For Rest Breaks While On Standby

    Humberside police officers won their claim that time on standby counts as working time, entitling them to take daily rest breaks that were previously refused, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • June 07, 2024

    Axed Telecom CEO Loses Early Battle In Whistleblower Suit

    A former interim chief executive officer at a telecom company has failed for now to get her job back, with a tribunal saying it was unconvinced by her early-stage claim that she was unfairly dismissed for calling out allegedly unlawful business proposals that would breach agreements with HSBC.

  • June 07, 2024

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

    The past week in London has seen British broadcaster GB News hit with a libel claim by climate activist Dale Vince, MGM take aim at an immersive events company over intellectual property rights to the James Bond franchise, and law firms Stephenson Harwood and Bowen-Morris & Partners tackle a contracts claim by investment adviser Yieldstreet. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 07, 2024

    UK Sued Over Plan To Raise Income Threshold For Visa

    A campaign group for the families of migrants is suing the British government over plans to raise the income requirement for visas for spouses, partners or family members, arguing that the policy is having a "devastating impact."

  • June 07, 2024

    Fired NCA Trainee Loses Sex Bias Claim Over Childcare Duty

    The National Crime Agency did not discriminate against a former trainee based on his sex by limiting how flexibly he could work in order to look after his two young children, a tribunal has ruled.

  • June 07, 2024

    'Squeezed Middle' Pension Schemes Urged To Be Flexible

    Defined benefit pension schemes with assets between £10 million ($12.7 million) and £250 million are the new "squeezed middle" in the retirement savings market, Hymans Robertson has said, encouraging those plans to remain flexible amid the challenges they face.

  • June 07, 2024

    30% Of UK Workers Unsure How To Access Pensions

    An estimated 30% of British workers are unsure about their retirement options and worry about how to access their savings, according to a study published by TPT Retirement Solutions Ltd.

  • June 06, 2024

    Post Office Board Missed Clues, Former Chair Tells Inquiry

    A former chair of the Post Office Ltd. board told the inquiry into the Horizon IT scandal on Thursday that the board did not act on a number of "clues" suggesting that the company was wrongly prosecuting innocent subpostmasters.

  • June 06, 2024

    Fired Ikea Worker Loses COVID-19 Harassment Claim

    An ex-Ikea employee has lost his case that he was unfairly dismissed and harassed over his opposition to COVID-19 safety measures, as an employment tribunal ruled that his beliefs were not challenged, only his behavior.

  • June 06, 2024

    Solicitor Wins Worker Status In Unfair Dismissal Claim

    An employment judge has ruled that a consultant solicitor working on "flexible terms" for a U.K. law firm counts as a worker, rather than being self-employed, in her unfair dismissal claim against the firm.

  • June 06, 2024

    Pension Funding Levels 'Stable' Ahead Of Looming Election

    The political party that wins the July 4 general election will is likely to operate within an environment of stable funding for retirement savings plans, a consultancy said Thursday, as it highlighted the "relatively" consistent levels of funding in the past year.

  • June 06, 2024

    Imam Wins £20K From Mosque Over Religious Harassment

    A mosque in northern England must pay its former Sunni imam £20,000 ($25,570) after a tribunal ruled members of the place of worship accused him of following the beliefs of a rival branch of Islam, which left him with no choice but to quit.

  • June 06, 2024

    Rwanda Plan Forces Civil Servants To Break Law, Union Says

    Civil servants will be forced to violate international human rights law and their workplace code of conduct if the government requires them to process deportation flights to Rwanda against Strasbourg's rulings, a trade union argued at a London court on Thursday.

  • June 06, 2024

    HMRC Harassed Protesting Staffer With Relocation Ultimatum

    HM Revenue and Customs harassed an employee based on her race by asking her to withdraw a discrimination grievance in return for making her transfer to a new office permanent, a tribunal has ruled.

  • June 06, 2024

    Labour Drops Antisemitism Report Leak Claim On Ex-Staffers

    The Labour Party dropped on Thursday its legal claims against five former employees who it said conspired to leak a damning report on how its internal disciplinary body mishandled allegations of antisemitism and undermined its leader at the time, Jeremy Corbyn.

  • June 05, 2024

    Scottish Defenders Boycott Abuse Cases As Pay Talks Stall

    Criminal defense lawyers in Scotland have restarted their boycott of domestic abuse cases after talks with the Scottish government over legal aid reform broke down.

  • June 05, 2024

    Climate Risk Must Form Part Of Trustee Role

    A quarter of pension scheme trustees want a new interpretation of their fiduciary duties to allow them to consider climate risk because doing so will help tackle the dangers posed by a changing environment, Lane Clark & Peacock LLP said Wednesday.

  • June 05, 2024

    Slater And Gordon Fight Ex-Analyst's Redundancy Appeal

    Slater and Gordon LLP challenged on Wednesday an appeal by a former costs analyst, who claims that he was made redundant because he was mentally unwell and wrongly deprived of most of a £20,000 ($25,500) bonus.

  • June 05, 2024

    Labour's Pension Tax Plans Backed By Fiscal Research Body

    An influential economics think tank has backed plans by the Labour Party to reintroduce the lifetime allowance, arguing that there should be a cap on the tax-free accumulation of pensions wealth.

  • June 05, 2024

    Carer Wins £41K After Losing Job Over Racism Complaints

    A care worker has won £40,700 ($52,000) in damages after convincing a tribunal that his employer unfairly fired him following a complaint that bosses treated ethnic minorities less favorably in the workplace.

  • June 05, 2024

    EU Financial Watchdogs Team Up With Cybersecurity Agency

    The three financial regulators of the European Union signed an agreement with the EU cybersecurity agency on Wednesday to join forces to protect the pensions, markets and banking sectors in the bloc from cyberattacks and similar risks.

  • June 04, 2024

    Dancers Target Strip Club Over Wages And Worker Status

    A group of strip club dancers are pursuing a legal case over "appalling" working conditions at SophistiCats Soho, which included being fined £50 for arriving a little late or using toilets at "inappropriate" times.

  • June 04, 2024

    Royal Navy Must Face Transgender Reservist's Bias Claim

    A tribunal has ruled that a transgender Royal Navy reservist can forge ahead with his harassment claim against the Ministry of Defence, finding that he had followed procedure for lodging a complaint with the defense body.

  • June 04, 2024

    Virgin Atlantic Must Unredact Docs Over COVID Redundancy

    Virgin Atlantic Airways must hand over unredacted documents relating to a pandemic-era redundancy exercise after an appellate judge ruled that it was "overwhelmingly" proportionate to allow pilots suing the airline to view them.

Expert Analysis

  • How The UK Employment Court Backlogs Jeopardize Justice

    Author Photo

    While employment tribunal case delays may not top the agenda of new Secretary of State for Justice Alex Chalk, recent data reveals deep and long-term issues, including a staggering half a million current or former employees waiting for their case to trudge forward in the queue, says Heather Wilmot at ARAG.

  • A First Look At UK's Reform Approach To EU Employment Law

    Author Photo

    The U.K. government's recent proposal on EU employment laws is relatively modest, retaining the post-Brexit law in areas such as recording working hours and holiday pay calculations, and assuaging predictions of a bonfire of EU employment rights, say Sally Hulston and James Davies at Lewis Silkin.

  • How The UK Noncompete Cap Proposal May Affect Employers

    Author Photo

    Following the U.K. government's plan to limit noncompete clauses to three months, employers will undoubtedly look at other options to prevent post-employment competition, such as use of garden leave, but this may keep employees out of the talent pool, say David Samuels and Tarun Tawakley at Lewis Silkin.

  • Employers Should Welcome UK Guidance On Positive Action

    Author Photo

    Recent guidance from the U.K. government clarifies the often overlooked and misunderstood concept of positive action under the Equality Act 2010, and may help employers feel more confident in using permitted conduct to promote equality, say lawyers at Fieldfisher.

  • Lessons For Businesses From The Raab Bullying Report

    Author Photo

    In light of the inquiry into workplace bullying that led to last month’s resignation of U.K. government minister Dominic Raab, businesses must ensure that they and their managers adhere to company policies, procedures and processes, and remain vigilant in stamping out and preventing such behaviors, says Suzy Blade at Setfords.

  • What The Ethnicity Pay Gap Guidance Means For Employers

    Author Photo

    In light of the U.K. government's recent guidance on measuring ethnicity pay differences, which could become mandatory, employers should consider ethnicity pay gap reporting and the complexities unique to it, in order to support a truly diverse workforce, say Catherine Shepherd and Kath Sadler-Smith at Osborne Clarke.

  • How The EU Pay Transparency Directive Will Affect Employers

    Author Photo

    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

    Author Photo

    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

    Author Photo

    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

    Author Photo

    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

    Author Photo

    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

    Author Photo

    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

    Author Photo

    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

    Author Photo

    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

    Author Photo

    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.

Want to publish in Law360?


Submit an idea

Have a news tip?


Contact us here
Can't find the article you're looking for? Click here to search the Employment UK archive.
Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!