Author Archives: Darren Newman

About Darren Newman

Employment law consultant, trainer, writer and anorak

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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Will the new Health and Work Service help or hinder business?

The idea behind the new Health and Work Service is that it will save employers money by helping sick employees get back to work. The truth, as ever, is rather more complicated than that. The new service is reported by … Continue reading

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How would Lord Rennard fare as an employee?

Lord Rennard is not an employee – and that is something he should be relieved about. He has been investigated under the Liberal Democrats membership rules, which allow a member to be expelled for conduct which brings the Party into … Continue reading

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Why did John McCririck lose his age discrimination claim?

So why did John McCririck lose? The simple answer is that I don’t know. And that’s a problem because I have read the 44 page Employment Tribunal decision. Explaining why one side has won and the other has lost is … Continue reading

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Compensating Sharon Shoesmith

I’ve spent the last year confidently telling everyone I meet that there is no way that Haringey will settle Sharon Shoesmith’s case. There was such a media outcry over her role and the importance of not giving her a payout … Continue reading

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Ed’s pledge on zero-hours contracts

After all the talk of reviewing and inquiring into the use of zero-hours contract a politician has actually announced a policy and proposed new legislation. I watched Ed Miliband deliver his speech to the TUC and make three specific pledges to … Continue reading

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What to do about zero-hours contracts?

The Guardian is running a campaign on the potential abuses of zero-hours contracts and they seem to have the ear of at least one side of the Coalition. Both Nick Clegg and Vince Cable have made sympathetic noises about doing … Continue reading

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Employment Tribunal Fees – a Shock to the System

Monday marks what is probably the most profound change in the Employment Tribunal system since Industrial Tribunals were given jurisdiction to hear unfair dismissal claims back in 1971. For the first time a claimant will have to pay a fee … Continue reading

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Are shops breaching discrimination law by selling ‘lads mags’?

In a word – ‘no’. Oops sorry, I need to hedge a bit. In two words –  ‘probably not’ The issue arises because of a letter sent to the Guardian by a number of prominent human rights and equality lawyers … Continue reading

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