Author Archives: Darren Newman

About Darren Newman

Employment law consultant, trainer, writer and anorak

Workers’ Rights and the EU

The annoying thing about the debate that has blown up over the weekend about workers’ rights post Brexit is that it rarely gets down to specifics. Take the Financial Times story on Friday. It referred to the possibility of divergence … Continue reading

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Dominic Cummings and a case of unfair dismissal

I have to admit I laughed out loud when I saw this headline in the Guardian Adviser sacked by Cummings may have case for unfair dismissal – expert Oh do you think so? Could it be that calling someone in … Continue reading

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Reforming NDAs – why it won’t solve the real problem

The first thing to be clear about is that almost any settlement of a potential Employment Tribunal claim will include a confidentiality clause. This may be called a non-disclosure agreement or an NDA. If you are a journalist. the term … Continue reading

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New (and rather modest) proposals on pregnancy and redundancy

On a dull and extended train ride home last night I was perked up by a report that the Government was extending the rights of pregnant women. The report from the BBC (based on this Government press release) says: The … Continue reading

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Of course vegans are protected by the Equality Act!

A vegan is claiming discrimination after being sacked from his job at the League Against Cruel Sports. The emphasis of the BBC story is on whether or not Mr Casamitjana’s beliefs will be protected under the Equality Act as a philosophical … Continue reading

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Supreme Court finds no discrimination in ‘gay cake’ case

Well I think the Supreme Court got it right – probably. In Lee v Ashers Baking Company Ltd they hold that there was no discrimination when a bakery refused to bake a cake for a customer bearing the slogan ‘support … Continue reading

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My Pimlico Plumbers Prediction (updated)

UPDATE: so the decision is out and it seems to be mainly Option 1 (see below). Lord Wilson’s decision does, I think, move the law on a bit when it comes to the right to send a substitute. When looking … Continue reading

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