Author Archives: Darren Newman

About Darren Newman

Employment law consultant, trainer, writer and anorak

BREXIT and strike ballots.

This is not a post about the employment law implications of Brexit. Obviously there are plenty of those out there – and I’m sure I’ll be writing a few over the weeks months and years that follow. I suspect that … Continue reading

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New Zealand bans zero hours contracts? Not exactly….

So New Zealand has banned zero-hours contracts. As Jeremy Corbyn says… Zero-hour contracts have been banned in New Zealand – look what's possible when you put your mind to it https://t.co/gfAI44Pb96 — Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) March 11, 2016 Obviously … Continue reading

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‘Bosses Free to Spy on Emails’? Well no, not really

Sometimes even a rather routine employment law case can capture the imagination of the press and become a big story. This week the European Court of Human Rights found that there was no breach of Article 8 (respect for private … Continue reading

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Junior Doctors and the Trade Union Bill

Barring a dramatic development (such as a  legal challenge), tomorrow’s strike of junior doctors is going to go ahead. In fact it cannot be postponed because eight weeks has now passed since the ballot was held and after that period is … Continue reading

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USA v Nolan: Why America must be kicking itself

SCENE: INTERIOR USA COMMAND BUNKER Dozens of generals and CIA types sit around a huge table. Uniformed flunkies are busying themselves in the background, carrying messages, whispering in the ears of the great men who have gathered to meet the … Continue reading

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The Trade Union Bill 2015 – a step too far

The new Trade Union Bill seeks to fight battles that, in reality, were won 20 years ago. There is a danger that all it will do is stir up anger and resentment in the trade union movement – and perhaps that is … Continue reading

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The UK never had an opt-out from the Working Time Directive

We really didn’t. It seems that David Cameron is going to insist on reclaiming the UK’s opt out from employment law as part of his renegotiation of the terms of Britain’s membership. It’s not clear whether the claims are genuine or … Continue reading

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