Key Points
  • The Rise of the 'Dependent Contractors' - Adapting to Innovation in Business Models and the Gig Economy
  • Addressing the Quality of Work - Flexibility, Certainty and Work-Life Balance
  • Pay and Rights in the Modern Workplace - Developing a Modern Employment Law Framework


Overview
Following the publication of the Taylor Review into Modern Employment this event will bring together policymakers and key stakeholders to discuss and debate priorities for reform of employment rights and practices, assess how employers and employees are adopting and adapting to flexible working practices, understand the implications for industrial relations, and consider next steps for addressing the quality of work.

The Rise of the ‘Dependent Contractors’ - Adapting to Innovation in Business Models and the Gig Economy

Discuss whether the Taylor Review’s recommendation of renaming worker status as ‘dependent contractor’ goes far enough; options for making current legislation clearer and less open to interpretation; and policy priorities for Government, HMRC and other key stakeholders in adapting to new ways of working.

Addressing the Quality of Work – Flexibility, Certainty and Work-Life Balance

Analysing the quality of work (particularly for temporary and agency workers); the challenges and opportunities of creating a flexible approach to employment which benefits both employer and employee; examine whether the tide is turning against zero-hours contracts; and opportunities for supporting work-life balance, motivation and productivity.

Security, Pay and Rights in the Modern Workplace – Developing a Modern Employment Law Framework

Examine the challenges and opportunities for balancing flexibility and informality with employment rights and access to sick pay, holiday pay, maternity and paternity pay, and pensions; policy priorities for the future of employment rights and benefits; and the future of workers’ rights post-Brexit.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 08:55
Registration, Coffee and Networking

 

08:55 - 09:00
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

09:00 - 09:30
The Future of UK Employment

 

Speakers

Andrea Broughton Principal Research Fellow, Institute of Employment Studies

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09:30 - 10:30
Addressing the Quality of Work

 
What has been the take-up of the right to flexible working for all employees and how have employers adapted to offer flexible start and finish times and home-working?
How are employers addressing issues of poor working conditions, work-life balance and motivation?
With McDonalds offering all employees certainty of hours to what extent is the tide turning against zero-hours contracts?
What are the challenges and opportunities for improving the quality of work for zero-hours, agency and temporary workers?
How can new ways of working be used to open up opportunities for groups who are underrepresented in the workplace?
Who are the trailblazers in offer employees a more flexible approach to work, and what impact does this have in productivity, morale and retention?
With modern employment less secure, and more flexible, how can the welfare system adapt to support those who may be in and out of work on a regular basis?
What is the latest thinking on improving employee relations and engagement, particularly with flexible and agency workers?
What are the challenges and opportunities of supporting continuing professional development in the modern workplace?

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Daniel Tomlinson Researcher, Resolution Foundation

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Patrick Brione Head of Research, IPA Involve

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10:30 - 10:35
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

10:35 - 11:00
Refreshment Break

 

11:00 - 11:05
Opening Remarks

 

11:05 - 12:00
The Rise of the ‘Dependent Contractors’: Adapting to Innovation in Business Models and the Gig Economy

 
To what extent does the Taylor Review’s recommendation of renaming worker status as ‘dependent contractor’ go far enough?
What are the policy challenges and opportunities for Government, HMRC and other regulators in adapting to new business models and ways of working?
What are the options for making employment statuses more distinctive and less open to interpretation and what is the latest thinking on developing a test for the new dependant contractor status?

How is the rise non-traditional forms of employment undermining the effectiveness of national policies such as the National Living Wage, parental leave, pension entitlements, sick pay and holiday pay?
Following the u-turn on National Insurance contribution increases for self-employed workers in the last budget, what are the challenges and opportunities of creating a fair and balanced tax system?

Speakers

Seamus Nevin Head of Employment and Skills Policy, Institute of Directors

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James Farrar Independent Workers Union of Great Britain

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Susie Al-Qassab Associate Partner, Howard Kennedy

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12:00 - 12:55
Security, Pay and Rights in the Modern Workplace - Developing a Modern Employment Law Framework

 
What are the challenges and opportunities of balancing working rights and protections with the flexibility and innovation?
What has been the impact of the Uber employment tribunal ruling?

How effective have Trade Unions been in representing workers in the modern workforce, and what lessons can be learnt from new forms of representation such as the Freelancers Union in New York?
With much of UK employment law grounded in EU law, what is the potential impact of Brexit on employment and rights in the UK and what are opportunities for adapting current provisions when the Great Repeal Bill is published?
How might UK employment case law develop if, post Brexit, UK courts are no longer bound to follow European Court of Justice case law interpreting EU employment legislation?
What impact will the Trade Union Act 2016 have industrial relations and future disputes?
To what extent will the introduction of Gender Pay Gap Reporting help to tackle disparity in pay in the UK?
How are employees and employers preparing for the changes to salary sacrifice benefits?
What is the latest thinking on balancing a dynamic labour market with employee rights and protections?
What is the latest thinking on developing a baseline of employment protection in the UK?
How can employees and workers be made more aware of the rights?

Speakers

Nigel Mackay Associate, Leigh Day

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Alex Collinson Policy and Campaigns Support Officer, TUC

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Adrian Wakeling Senior Policy Adviser, Acas

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12:55 - 13:00
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Susie Al-Qassab Associate Partner, Howard Kennedy

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Patrick Brione Head of Research, IPA Involve

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Andrea Broughton Principal Research Fellow, Institute of Employment Studies

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Alex Collinson Policy and Campaigns Support Officer, TUC

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James Farrar Independent Workers Union of Great Britain

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Nigel Mackay Associate, Leigh Day

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Seamus Nevin Head of Employment and Skills Policy, Institute of Directors

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Daniel Tomlinson Researcher, Resolution Foundation

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Adrian Wakeling Senior Policy Adviser, Acas

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Julia Kermode Chief Executive, Freelancer and Contractor Services Association

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Venue details

Park Plaza County Hall London 1 Addington St Lambeth London SE1 7RY

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