Author Archives: Darren Newman

About Darren Newman

Employment law consultant, trainer, writer and anorak

We shouldn’t scrap race discrimination laws

This is all the fault of Daniel Barnett. He rather mischievously pointed me in the direction of this article in Spiked – the online magazine that likes to think of itself as punchy and edgy. It was written by a barrister … Continue reading

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Why we should scrap the Equal Pay Act

First of all, apologies for the clickbait title – couldn’t resist it. Also to anyone thinking “Surely the Equal Pay Act was repealed by the Equality Act and replaced by provisions dealing with ‘Equality of Terms’?” you are of course quite … Continue reading

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Unfair Dismissal: What’s it worth?

I remember the days when the compensation limits for unfair dismissal were nice round numbers. The compensatory award was set by Government as £8,000 (a while ago), £10,000 or £12,000. Then New Labour increased the limit to £50,000 and provided … Continue reading

Posted in Compensation and Remedies, Early conciliation, Uncategorized, Unfair Dismissal | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Docking wages for toilet breaks: the real scandal

In the folk song ‘Drill ye Tarriers Drill’ Big Jim Goff is blown into the air by a workplace explosion and when he queries why his next wage packet is a dollar short he is told ‘you were docked for … Continue reading

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New figures on Acas early conciliation

As we all try to assess the continuing impact of the Employment Tribunal fee regime – see the Hard Labour Blog for some excellent analysis of that – Acas have published the latest figures on their early conciliation scheme. Acas … Continue reading

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The Great Northern Ireland Bake-off

The Equality Commission of Northern Ireland is threatening to take action against a bakery that refused to bake a Sesame Street themed cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan. This has the potential to turn into one of those conscience v equality … Continue reading

Posted in Fair Employment, Religion in the workplace, Sexual Orientation | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

Why holiday pay has to include overtime

What has struck me most about some of the commentary on the EAT decision in Bear Scotland Ltd v Fulton (and other cases) on overtime and holiday pay has been the way in which it is assumed that the exclusion … Continue reading

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