Employment Law Update 2018: Liverpool

Submitted by sglenister on Fri, 29/06/2018 - 17:00
15/11/2018 09:30

Thursday 15 November 2018

A one-day conference
Unite NW, Liverpool
9.30am - 3.00pm

Organised by the Institute of Employment Rights and sponsored by TUC North West

About the Conference

At this popular annual conference, leading lawyers, academics and trade unionists will discuss how employment law has developed over the year so far, how it can be expected to change in the future, and how workers can best be protected.

It has been a significant year for employment law, with insecure workers’ rights thrust to the political forefront, as reports of poor working conditions abound.

In terms of primary legislation, the government has announced employment law reforms in the form of its Good Work Plan – a programme of proposals published in response to last year’s Taylor Review. If the Taylor Review was largely criticised for tinkering around the edges without committing to robust reforms, the Good Work Plan holds back even further. Its proposals focus on raising workers’ awareness of their existing rights, but neglects to provide new ones outside of small tweaks such as a right to a payslip and written terms and conditions.

Elsewhere, there remains great uncertainty over how the UK’s exit from the EU will affect UK employment law. While some fear opportunistic cuts to workers’ rights post-Brexit; others point to the new opportunity to strengthen workers’ protections by progressing employment law outside of the restraints applied by EU law.

As well as addressing the potential impact of these events, our experts will explain recent developments in whistleblowing law, as well as updating delegates on advances in industrial relations, including the landmark BFAWU strikes by casual workers at McDonalds and the USS pensions dispute fought by the UCU.

In case law, the conference will report on the impact of and clarifications to the Trade Union Act 2016 and unlawful inducements as well as informing delegates more widely of significant developments that have been made through the courts.


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 NW Regional Office, Jack Jones House
1 Islington
Liverpool L3 8EG

Additional Information

Click here for information on how to book, who should attend and CPD, NPP and EPP Accreditation


Three easy ways to book your place

  1. Book online:
  2. Book by cheque by filling out our booking form and emailing it to office@ier.org.uk
  3. Book by invoice by filling out our booking form and emailing it to office@ier.org.uk


Chaired by James Harrison, IER

Ian Hodson, President, BFAWU
The McDonalds dispute

Paul Scholey, Morrish Solicitors
Cases from the workplace

Prof Alan Bogg, University of Bristol
The Trade Union Act in practice

Neill Todd, Thompsons Solicitors
Developing caselaw on unlawful inducements

Prof David Whyte
USS dispute and pensions as an employment right

Catherine Hobby, University of East London

Click here to download the full programme

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