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Challenges for labour law conference

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Time: 9.00am - 4.15pm
Venue: Room 335, Business School building, Kingston Hill campus, Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7LB
Price: free
Speaker(s): There will be various speakers

Challenges for labour law conference

The Group for Employment Law and Policy (GELP) hosts an annual conference on topical aspects of employment and labour law. The conferences are held in early May and take place at the Business School at the Kingston Hill campus of the University. These conferences focus particularly on the changing political and economic environment in which systems of labour law operate, examining the impact of global changes in the economic on labour structures and governance and attract papers on all aspects of UK labour law including trade union law, equality law, human rights and international aspects.

Programme for the day

9.00am-9.30am: Reception and introduction

9.30am-11.00am: Session one - Austerity, deregulation and labour

  • Michael Wynn (Kingston University)
    'Re-Norming employment: UK coalition employment law and employment security'
  • Clifford Fisher & Dennis Man (Krannert School of Management, Purdue University)
    'Comparing and contrasting UK and US - current labour issues'
  • Dr Esther McGuiness (University Ulster)
    'Employment law rights and devolution: The Northern Ireland Experience'

11.00am-11.20am: Coffee

11.20am-12.50pm: Session two (parallel sessions)

Disability at work

  • Professor Mark Bell (University of Leicester)
    'Mental health and the duty to make reasonable adjustments'
  • Pauline Roberts (University of Cardiff)
    'Employment security and disability: capability, behaviour and the duty to make reasonable adjustments'
  • Rupert Harwood
    'Equality stage left? Coalition neoliberalism, the Equality Act reasonable adjustments duty and disability employment practice'

Age discrimination

  • Mark Butler (Lancaster University)
    'Age discrimination and objective justification'
  • Dr Elaine Dewhurst (University of Manchester)
    'Age discrimination and substantive rationality: Can UK age discrimination law effectively protect older workers from claims of lack of productivity?'
  • Alysia Blackham (University of Cambridge)
    'Ageing and employment in a time of austerity: challenges and opportunities'

12.50pm-1.30pm: Lunch

1.30pm-2.30pm: Session three (parallel sessions)

Family friendly policies

  • Dr Oxana Golynker (University of Leicester)
    'The family friendly reform of employment law: an overstretched flexibility'
  • Dr Grace James (School of Law, University of Reading)
    'Pregnancy-related discrimination and austerity measures: time to mainstream carer concerns into workplace relationships?'

Workers at the margin

  • Gwyneth Pitt, (Kingston University)
    'Ordination, subordination and independence - the continuing challenge to the boundaries of labour law'
  • Dr Nuno Ferreira (University of Liverpool)
    'Working children and the young workers directive: looking back and thinking forward'

2.30pm-2.45pm: Tea

2.45pm-4.15pm: Session four - Rights and relationships

  • Lizzie Barmes (QMUL)
    'Challenging individual rights: a view from inside the workplace'
  • Dr Paul Wragg (University of Leeds)
    'The legal anatomy of the opinionated employee: liberty, speech and contractual subjugation'
  • Pascale Lorber (Centre for European Law and Internationalisation, School of Law, University of Leicester)
    'Challenges for labour law: collective voice and consultation'

4.15pm: Close of conference

Booking is essential to attend this event.

For further information about this event:

Contact: Michael Wynn and Gwyneth Pitt


Directions to Room 335, Business School building, Kingston Hill campus, Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7LB: