Darren Newman

Darren Newman

About Darren Newman

Darren Newman qualified as a barrister in 1990, and has represented both employers and employees at tribunal. He provides straightforward practical guidance on a wide range of employment law issues. Darren also works as a consultant editor for XpertHR.

No jab, no job policies: the legal issues

18 May 2021

Darren Newman examines the ongoing debate about whether employers can insist on employees being vaccinated against Covid-19 – a policy pithily summarised as no jab, no job.

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Brexit and UK employment law

20 Jan 2021

Now that the UK and the EU have agreed on the position of the UK post-Brexit, HR is left wondering...

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Extended furlough schemes: the issues HR needs to know about

25 Nov 2020

The extended furlough scheme has already been the subject of revised government guidance and a subsequent Treasury Direction. XpertHR consultant...

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Legal guidance: Whistleblowing in the NHS

15 Mar 2019

Consultant editor Darren Newman considers whistleblowing in the NHS, focusing on the public interest test and the danger of working...

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Discrimination arising from disability: questions remain about “unfavourable treatment”

8 Jan 2019

XpertHR consultant editor Darren Newman suggests that a recent Supreme Court decision raises more questions than it answers about the...

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Non-disclosure agreements: the role they play in resolving disputes

18 Dec 2018

XpertHR consultant editor Darren Newman argues that any curbing of the abuse of confidentiality clauses needs to be done without...

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The case for an independent labour standards agency

12 Oct 2018

Consultant editor Darren Newman considers the current system of labour standards enforcement and suggests that the Government could play a...

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Proceeding with a disciplinary hearing when companion unavailable

4 Sep 2018

XpertHR’s consultant editor Darren Newman looks at a recent decision highlighting the potential danger in proceeding with a disciplinary hearing...

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Sleepover exemption: At which point do sleep-in shifts stop counting as work?

25 Jul 2018

XpertHR consultant editor Darren Newman looks at a recent case in which the Court of Appeal ruled that a care...

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Right to work in the UK: How much can employers rely on Home Office advice?

25 Apr 2018

XpertHR consultant editor Darren Newman considers the implications of a recent case involving a Jamaican bus driver who was dismissed...

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Misconduct dismissals: Could the long-established approach to fairness be open to question?

28 Mar 2018

XpertHR consultant editor Darren Newman considers a recent case in which the Supreme Court judges seemed to cast doubt on...

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What will Pimlico Plumbers appeal mean for employment status?

27 Feb 2018

XpertHR consultant editor Darren Newman considers the arguments before the Supreme Court in Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and another v Smith,...

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Harassment and inequality: should some of the red-tape “burdens” be reinstated?

26 Jan 2018

XpertHR consultant editor Darren Newman looks at amendments to “cut red tape” made to the Equality Act by the previous...

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Parental bereavement leave: a small step in the right direction

18 Oct 2017

While recognising the good intentions behind the recently published Parental Leave Bill, XpertHR consultant editor Darren Newman questions the practical...

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What can we expect from the Supreme Court in the Pimlico Plumbers case?

31 Aug 2017

Consultant editor Darren Newman expresses surprise that Pimlico Plumbers was granted permission to appeal to the Supreme Court in a...

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