Author Archives: Darren Newman

About Darren Newman

Employment law consultant, trainer, writer and anorak

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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Can We Ban Christmas Travel Chaos?

As we face a Christmas of discontent, Ministers are, according to the Sunday Telegraph,  coming under pressure from backbenchers to introduce laws to curb strikes in important public services. Which is odd really, because they already have. The Trade Union … Continue reading

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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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