Caselaw development explained: labour law review, London, Wednesday, 24. April 2019

Caselaw development explained: labour law
Workers' rights are governed through two processes: primary legislation – that is, the law as agreed by parliament; and case law – that is, the decisions and rulings made by the court system. Case law is of vital importance to workers' rights because it clarifies how Acts of Parliament are likely to be interpreted and implemented by judges, while in the case of judicial review – such as the Supreme Court's ruling on the unlawfulness of tribunal fees – it can overturn the law altogether.
Some of the most important case law developments in recent years have centred around the rights of 'gig workers'. In several landmark cases, judges have ruled that individuals hitherto treated as 'independent contractors' by their employers were actually "workers" under the law and therefore entitled to basic workers' rights such as the minimum wage, holiday pay and rest breaks.
Elsewhere, there have been important developments in the implementation of the Trade Union Act 2018, where courts have clarified the requirements that trade unions and employers must meet to stay within the bounds of the new legislation.
In equality, several landmark cases have provided new insight into 'equal pay' laws, where, for instance, ASDA shop workers have won the right to the same wage as warehouse workers on the basis that they are equally valuable to the company.
The expert panel will also cover a wide range of other areas of employment law, including whistleblowing, TUPE, unfair dismissal, redundancy and the tribunal process.
At this conference, leading labour lawyers, academics and trade unionists will guide delegates through the key developments in case law, bringing them up to date with the most recent interpretations of UK law and the impact and consequences for the workforce as a whole.
Confirmed speakers:
All 6 contributions will be made by Old Square Chambers speakers, the authors of our upcoming Labour Law Highlights 2018 book. As the topics will be up to date at the time, they are yet to be confirmed.

Caselaw development explained: labour law review

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