Held in the context of the Taylor Review into Modern Employment and Select Committee inquiries into employment in the ‘gig economy’, and the future of work and workers’ rights, this event will bring together policymakers and key stakeholders to discuss and debate priorities for reform of employment rights and practices and consider how new ways of working are challenging traditional notions of employment.
Redefining Employment - Adapting to Innovation in Business Models and New Ways of Working
Delegates will discuss how the rise of the ‘gig economy’, supported by digital platforms such as Uber and Deliveroo, is challenging traditional notions of employment, what options are available for better defining autonomous casual workers and policy options for Government, HMRC and other key stakeholders in adapting to new ways of working.
Time will also be dedicated to examining options for to distinguish between ‘occasional basis’ gig workers and a more professional approach to sharing, to what extent there needs to be a new category of ‘sharing economy employee’, particularly as workers are ultimately subordinate to the facilitator platform, and the challenges and opportunities of defining the status of agency, casual, and ‘gig economy’ workers.
Flexible and Autonomous Employment – Opening up the World of Work
Sessions will focus on the opportunities for new business models and ways of working to support diversity in the workplace and offer employment opportunities to those currently underrepresented in the labour market.
Attendees will discuss the impact on training, progression and skills for those in flexible working arrangements; analyse how agency, casual and ‘on-demand’ workers are being used in the economy; and debate whether the balance of benefits between ‘platforms’ and ‘employee’s’ in the gig economy is fair.
A Fair Deal - Security, Pay and Rights in the Modern Workplace
Following recent high-profile court cases attendees will examine the challenges and opportunities for balancing flexibility and informality with employment rights and access to sick pay, holiday pay, maternity and paternity pay, and pensions.
Discussion will focus on the challenges of minimum wage enforcement; the impact of new ways of working on access to welfare and Universal Credit; and whether levels of Government support for self-employed and employed workers are fair.