TUC and Equal Opportunities Review, Discrimination Law Conference 2018

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Presented by TUC and the Michael Rubenstein Conferences Ltd

This high profile annual conference gives trade unions, law centres, CABx and other voluntary organisations the chance to hear from the leading barristers on the latest legislative developments and landmark equality cases.

The cost for trade unions, law centres, CABx and other voluntary organisations is £75 per delegate.*

Early booking is strongly advised as in the past this conference has been oversubscribed and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. In order to assist unions to send officers from the regions, TUC affiliates will receive one free place for every ten booked. (The free ticket will be refunded to you once you place the order)

Please note we will NOT accept any bookings for this event without payment in advance.

If you are unable to pay online using a credit card, please fill in your details (except the credit card details), print it off and send it to us at the following address along with a cheque for £75 (made payable to ‘Trades Union Congress’): Debbie Cleary, Organisation and Services Department, TUC, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS

*Other organisations may be able to book a place for this conference at a higher commercial rate via Equal Opportunities Review. For more information visit: http://www.rubensteinconferences.com/discrimination-law-in-2018/


In the chair: Michael Rubenstein

08.45 Registration and coffee

09.25 Welcome

Paul Nowak, Deputy General Secretary, Trades Union Congress

09.45 Discrimination Law in 2018

Keynote address by Her Honour Judge Jennifer Eady QC, Senior Judge, Employment Appeal Tribunal

10.30 Sex and race discrimination: recent case law

- The Supreme Court’s decision on employment tribunal fees and its implications

- Direct discrimination burden of proof: Efobi v Royal Mail Group

- Proving disparate impact: The Supreme Court’s decision in Essop and Naeem

- Indirect discrimination in the CJEU – Jyske Finans

Karon Monaghan QC, Matrix Chambers

11.10 Coffee

11.30 Disability discrimination: recent developments

- Who is disabled? Taylor v Ladbrokes Betting and Gaming Ltd

- Discrimination arising from disability: Court of Appeal decisions in O’Brien v Bolton St Catherine’s Academy and Williams v Swansea University Pension & Assurance Scheme

- The reasonable adjustment duty: implications of the Supreme Court’s decision in FirstGroup v Paulley

- Disability-related harassment

Sean Jones QC, 11 KBW Chambers

12.10 Panel discussion: Your chance to put your questions to the morning’s speakers

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Pregnancy, maternity and parental rights

- Pregnancy and health and safety: the Otero Ramos case

- Pregnancy and redundancy: the Guisado case

- Shared parental leave where the law now stands

- Employment rights of foster carers

Rachel Crasnow QC, Cloisters Chambers

14.10 Discrimination because of religion or belief and sexual orientation


- Dress and appearance rules: Implications of CJEU decisions on Islamic headscarves

- The “gay cakes” case in the Supreme Court

- Sexual orientation discrimination: latest decisions

- Retrospectivity of survivors’ benefits for same-sex couples

Robin Allen QC, Cloisters Chambers

14.50 Tea

15.05 Equal pay and age discrimination

- Gender pay gap reporting: how the law is working

- Equal pay claims against supermarkets: recent case law

- Interpreting the job evaluation defence: Armstrong v Glasgow City Council

- Age discrimination: latest decisions from the Court of Justice

Rebecca Tuck, Old Square Chambers

15.45 Panel discussion: your chance to put your questions to the afternoon’s speakers

16.05 Close of conference

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