Author Archives: Darren Newman

About Darren Newman

Employment law consultant, trainer, writer and anorak

ACAS early conciliation – first results

Acas has published its first figures on the operation of the early conciliation scheme that came into effect in April this year. The figures they have released cover the period of 6th April 2014 – 30 June 2014 and show … Continue reading

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Why did Haringey pay Sharon Shoesmith so much?

It is being widely reported that the accounts published by Haringey Council reveal the amount that was paid to Sharon Shoesmith to settle her legal challenge to the decision to sack her back in December 2008 (note to the press: it was not an … Continue reading

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Is obesity a disability?

It probably is – sometimes. It depends, really. In America it is well established that being obese counts as a disability (actually my only source for this is an episode of the Simpsons, but Matt Groening wouldn’t lie would he?). Here … Continue reading

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Exclusivity in zero-hours contracts

There is a general political consensus that something must be done about zero hours contracts. So with some fanfare, the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill published today contains a provision which ‘bans’ the use of exclusivity clauses. In other words an … Continue reading

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Early conciliation: what will success look like?

I should say at the outset that I am a big fan of Acas in general and its conciliation service in particular. In the hundreds of cases that I have been involved in – representing both employers and employees – … Continue reading

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Advising on Zero-Hour Contracts: RBS Mentor and the Independent

I’ve written before about zero-hours contracts and how difficult it might be to solve some of the problems associated with them. Whatever view you take of that debate, however, the fact remains that as the law stands they are perfectly … Continue reading

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If it weren’t for the EU…

What would UK employment law look like if Britain had not joined the EU? The question occurred to me when I saw a Tweet from Hugo Rifkind during last night’s ‘in or out’ debate between Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg. Here’s … Continue reading

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