The Future of Equality Law at Work: London

Submitted by sglenister on Mon, 24/07/2017 - 13:42
18/10/2017 13:37

Wednesday 18 October 2017

A one-day conference
Unite the Union, London
9.30am - 3.30pm

Organised by the Institute of Employment Rights

About the Conference

This year, research has shown BAME workers are over a third more likely to be in insecure work, a quarter of new dads don’t qualify for paternity leave or pay and the gender pay gap is closing at a snail’s pace. Equality laws are as relevant and vital as ever, but what is their future, especially in light of Brexit?

The government has confirmed that it will not bring the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union into UK law, which means losing some rights not included in the Human Rights Act as well as stronger enforcement offered by the Charter in some cases. What’s more, the government has granted itself the power to modify thousands of EU Regulations without parliamentary debate, which could lead to a weakening of protections at work. Even those regulations brought wholesale into UK law can only be guaranteed until the next Bill to scrap them, while case law derived from EU courts could be overturned by UK judges if it is not written into statute.

Concerns have been raised that this could put discrimination, part-time workers’, and equal pay rights at risk, especially if the government caves to international pressures to move towards a “low-regulation” economy in order to sign new trade deals.

This is against a background of a government that has, at best, done very little for equal rights; and, at worst, moved to weaken them. During her time as Home Secretary, Theresa May came out against the European Convention on Human Rights, while her colleagues promised to replace the Human Rights Act with a new British Bill of Rights.

This conference brings together some of the UK’s leading experts from the fields of law, academia and campaigning to discuss the state of play for equality protections in the country today, what threats they face, and how they can be protected.


A discount is available to those who pay upfront (before the date of the conference) either online or by cheque. Those who pay by invoice will pay full price.

Payment up front

£75 Subscribers and members
£90 trade unions
£220 Commercial

Payment by invoice

£80 Subscribers and members
£100 trade unions
£240 Commercial


Unite the Union
128 Theobald's Road

Additional Information

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Matthew Creagh, TUC
TUC equality work 2017

Aileen McColgan, King’s College
Predicting changes in equality law

Rakesh Patel, Thompsons Solicitors
Current race, religion and belief caselaw

David Sorensen, Morrish Solicitors
Equality caselaw, an overview

Laith Dilaimi, Old Square Chambers
Equality law through Brexit

Dr Wanda Wyporska, The Equality Trust
Can we really gain equality in the workplace?

Dr Lydia Hayes, Cardiff University
Gender pay gap reporting and ACAS guidance

Click here to download full programme

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