Author Archives: Darren Newman

About Darren Newman

Employment law consultant, trainer, writer and anorak

New Starters and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is the unprecedented – in the UK at any rate – government scheme that will award grants to employers who have ‘furloughed’ employees, potentially funding up to 80 per cent of their wage costs to … Continue reading

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Sleepover shifts and the minimum wage

Next week the Supreme Court will hear argument in two cases involving care workers. At issue is whether a care worker who ‘sleeps over’ in the care home should be regarded as working for that whole shift so that each … Continue reading

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Forstater v CGD Europe – what the Tribunal actually found

Debating transgender issues can be really difficult. It is one of those areas where you cannot really articulate a position without using vocabulary that at least some people will find objectionable. Writing about it feels like treading through a minefield … Continue reading

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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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