Westminster Employment Forum

The future for employment rights policy and practices in the UK

Morning, Wednesday, 6th December 2017

Central London


Please note the date of this seminar has changed.

Timed as Government develops its response to Matthew Taylor’s recent Employment practices in the Modern Economy review, this conference will consider the future for employment policy, and challenges posed by the growth of “atypical” forms of employment - such as temporary workers and the self-employed.

Delegates will consider key recommendations from the Taylor review and their possible implications for policy, looking at proposals to establish a higher National Minimum Wage for hours worked that are not guaranteed as part of contract; options for improving engagement between individuals and employers; and key issues around the legal distinction between dependent contractors and those categorised as self-employed.

In the context of key manifesto pledges on employment rights - including proposals to strengthen the voice of workers on company boards, new rights to request leave for training purposes, and the introduction of new returnships for people returning to the labour market from a period of absence - further sessions will consider how employment practices might develop in the new Parliament, and the implications for employers, unions, and employees.

This 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.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Christopher Warhurst

Director, Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick

James Davies

Managing Partner, Employment Law, Lewis Silkin

Rebecca Seeley Harris

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


Jack Dromey MP

Shadow Minister for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


Bill Taylor

Head of Research, CWU

Fionnuala Horrocks-Burns

Policy Adviser - Employment and Skills, British Retail Consortium

Professor Jeremias Prassl

Associate Professor of Law, University of Oxford

Hannah Reed

Senior Employment Rights Officer, TUC

Seamus Nevin

Head of Employment and Skills Policy, Institute of Directors

Sarah Jackson

Chief Executive, Working Families

Adrian Wakeling

Senior Policy Analyst, Acas