Westminster Employment Forum

Employment rights and practices in the UK - options for policy in a changing labour market

Thursday, 13th July 2017

Central London


This timely conference will consider options for policy reform in employment rights and practices to keep pace with the rapidly changing nature of work, emerging business trends and policy priorities.

It comes as Matthew Taylor conducts an independent review on Employment practices in the Modern Economy, on behalf of Government. Discussion will also be informed by the Parliamentary Select Committee inquiries on Self-employment and the gig economy and on The future world of work and rights of workers.

Delegates will discuss how to improve employment protection for temporary workers, the self-employed and those working in the Gig economy, while maintaining flexibility and independence, as well as further issues surrounding pensions, trade union representation, holiday pay, and taxation in light of the debate around National Insurance Contributions, which followed the Budget.

Further sessions will also consider the further steps that can be taken by Government to ensure that such workers have access to development and educational opportunities to advance in their careers, move into higher-paying work or to progress with their own small businesses.

The conference will bring together policymakers with key stakeholders including representatives of businesses and trade unions, employment lawyers, charities and campaign groups, adult education providers, universities and others with an interest in these important issues.

Guest of Honour

Iain Wright MP

Chair, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee

Guest of Honour

Iain Wright MP

Chair, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee

Keynote Speakers

Rebecca Seeley Harris

Specialist Legal Consultant & Senior Policy Adviser, Re: Legal Consulting

Professor Chris Warhurst

Director, Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick


Jack Dromey MP

Shadow Minister for Labour


Ruth Spellman

Chief Executive, Workers’ Educational Association

Stephen Evans

Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute

James Davies

Divisional Managing Partner, Employment Law, Lewis Silkin

Professor Jeremias Prassl

Associate Professor of Law, University of Oxford

Seamus Nevin

Head of Employment & Skills Policy, Institute of Directors

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