Author Archives: Darren Newman

About Darren Newman

Employment law consultant, trainer, writer and anorak

Why Uber lost in the Employment Tribunal

  Uber drivers are not employees and don’t let anyone tell you different. On the other hand,  in Aslam & others v Uber BV and others the Tribunal did hold that they were ‘workers’. Being a worker is different from being an employee. … Continue reading

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Theresa May is Reviewing the Situation

This week sees the Conservative Party Conference and it is pretty clear that part of the PM’s strategy is to position the Tories as the natural home of those who care about fairness and social justice but think that Jeremy … Continue reading

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Jeremy Corbyn’s Plan for Compulsory Collective Bargaining

The best job title I ever had was Head of Employment Law at the CIA. The novelty never wore off. The Chemical Industries Association (well what did you think?) was a really interesting place to work – and I was … Continue reading

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Deliveroo, the ‘gig’ economy and employment rights

Can it really be that Deliveroo has a clause in its couriers’ contracts forbidding them from challenging their status in the Employment Tribunal? It seems that part of the agreement that a courier signs provides: “You further warrant that neither you … Continue reading

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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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