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Labour Relations Conference

Who should attend

This conference attracts those responsible for labour relations and employment policy, directors and VPs of HR, ER specialists and in-house lawyers.


Employers prefer to focus on economic conditions and regulatory reform and stay out of politics. Competition, rising pay, skill shortages and tighter labour supply is more than enough to contend with. But in 2019 significant political upheaval will be too strong to ignore.

The UK relationship with the EU has changed. We may have a new, perhaps radically different, Government able to focus on domestic issues, and the US presidential campaign will be in full swing.

This conference will consider the state of corporate confidence and the implications on jobs. We will also cover job insecurity from a range of perspectives and how some staff are making themselves heard. 


09.00–09.30 Registration and coffee

Welcome and scene-setting: a view from Brussels
Chair, Stefan Corbanie

Labour law developments
Martin Warren

  • 145B challenges‘
  • Good Work’ legislation
  • nimble new unions
  • Europe’s continuing influence

The UK’s relationship with Europe
Bruno Maçães

  • international business and Brexit
  • global trade trends

Current trends in staffing
Neil Carberry

  • skill supply: hot and cold spots
  • where is labour coming from?
  • highly skilled workers and salary cap

The UK’s relationship with the EU
Professor Catherine Barnard

  • ‘complex, vertiginous, divisive’
  • reconstructing a relationship
  • implications of the UK's future relations with the EU on employment law

US elections: the future of business and trade
Kate Andrews

Has Brexit changed HR?
A review of the morning led by Marc Meryon

More noticeable than before
Lorraine Ward

  • members at the heart of every decision
  • outlook for the labour movement
  • better railways

HQ: taken by surprise?
Nat Whalley

  • organising by social media
  • campaigning from the ground up
  • the value of anonymised reporting

The genesis of Self Employed Plus
Hugo Martin

  • what it means for Hermes, couriers and the GMB

Employment relations: what nextfor UK workplaces
Sussn Clew

  • challenges of new forms of working
  • NDAs
  • ramifications of the Taylor Review

16.30 Final comments, drinks and nibbles

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Cost: £479

All prices are exclusive of VAT

Group discount:

10% discount for delegate 2 and subsequent delegates.

Online payment discount: 5%

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