Author Archives: Darren Newman

About Darren Newman

Employment law consultant, trainer, writer and anorak

What about the dependent contractors?

There is much to mull over in the Taylor ‘Good Work’ Review. It proposes some significant changes to employment law that deserve serious consideration. I set out a whole list of them here. But a lot of attention is being … Continue reading

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The Taylor Review – the good, the bad and and the cosmetic

It’s easy to pick holes in any substantial piece of work – which is great news for people like me. There is, therefore, plenty in the Taylor Review ‘Good Work’ Report (as it now seems to be called) that I … Continue reading

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Employment Status – in praise of fuzziness

As we await the publication of the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices, one issue that is being discussed is whether the definitions of employee and worker need to be simplified and/or clarified. There is a general feeling that that … Continue reading

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Banning employees from wearing headscarves

Let’s get one thing clear at the outset. The European Court of Justice has not said that it is OK to ban Muslim employees from wearing headscarves. It really hasn’t. But the decision in Achbita v G4S Secure Solutions NV … Continue reading

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Pimlico Plumbers and the ‘self employed’ worker

Employment status is clearly going to be this year’s hottest employment law issue. Just last week the Government published its Employment Status Review. It is dated December 2015 so it has been sitting on someone’s desk for over a year. … Continue reading

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The Range of Reasonable Responses Podcast

So I thought I’d give podcasting a try. Since talking about employment law is essentially what I do it seems to make sense to do  things where I talk rather than write – and I thought it would be a good … Continue reading

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Can you afford to ignore the Gender Pay Gap Regulations?

Actually, I think you can. Probably. I mean what’s  the worst that can happen? While other large employers publish their gender pay gap information you simply sit back and say. “Not for us, thanks, we’re fine.” Of course many people … Continue reading

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