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CEL: The Future of Work and the UN Guiding Principles

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UCL Haldane Room

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Organised by the Centre for Ethics & Law event

Chair:
Anna Triponel (Triponel Consulting)

Speakers:
Hugo Martin (Director of Legal and Public Affairs, Hermes Parcelnet)
Tom Player (Partner, Human Resources Practice Group, Eversheds)
Claire Richards (ShareAction)
Prof. Alan Neal (University of Warwick)
Prof. Nicola Countouris (University College London)

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We have seen a significant focus recently on the rapidly changing nature of work. As business models and consumption patterns change, what are the rights of agency workers, the self-employed, and those working in the ‘gig economy’? The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights provide the authoritative point of reference for companies when it comes to worker rights. They expect all companies wherever they operate to respect the principles concerning fundamental rights in the eight ILO core conventions, as set out in the Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. In the UK, policy-makers are listening to the needs of workplace concerns, and have introduced the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to stamp out abject ‘slavery’ conditions in UK companies and their supply chains. The 2017 Taylor review of Modern Working Practices also highlights needs for reform. What is the role of modern employment or labour law? How do we secure an acceptable social contract between labour and enterprise? We bring together a panel representing industry, practice and academia to explore these questions.

About the Centre:
UCL Centre for Ethics & Law was established in 2009 to reflect the growing need for enhanced collaboration between academics, practicing lawyers and industry, given the fast changing and increasingly interdisciplinary nature of the global issues lying at the intersection between ethics and regulatory compliance. The work of the Centre is resolutely multi-disciplinary and practice-oriented, focusing on a number of current themes including the professional ethics of in-house and external legal counsel, ethics of risk, anti-corruption, global business and human rights, and distributive justice.

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