UCL LRI: Privacy and Employment: Time for Reform?
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 from 18:00 to 19:00 (GMT)
London, United Kingdom
UCL Labour Rights Institute
Privacy and Employment:
Time for Reform?
Professor Gilliam Morris
(Matrix Chambers & UCL);
Chair: Dr Nicola Countouris
Tuesday 25 March 2014
6.00 - 7.00pm at the UCL Faculty of Laws
About the lecture
In an age of electronic communications and social media there are now a multitude of ways in which employers may seek information about workers and prospective workers. English law in this area is complex and fragmented and it may be difficult in practice for workers to enforce their rights. One area of particular concern is the relevance of 'consent' to whether the provision of personal information is lawful and what 'consent' means in reality in the employment sphere. In this seminar Professor Gillian Morris asks whether it is now time for the law to adopt a more integrated approach to privacy which takes adequate account of the specific issues that may arise in relation to employment.
About the speaker
Gillian Morris is a brrister at Matrix Chambers; the Deputy Chair of the Police Negotiating Board and of the Police Advisory Board for England and Wales; a Deputy Chairman of the Central Arbitration Committee; a member of the Acas Panel of Arbitrators; an accredited mediator; Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Law, University College London; and former Chair of the NHS Pay Review Body.
Gillian undertakes advisory work in employment law and public employment law and is an expert in industrial relations problems and procedures. These are fields in which she has specialised since obtaining her doctorate from the University of Cambridge in 1978. She works with advocate colleagues on litigation related to her areas of expertise and also offers seminars and in-house training in these fields. She was instructed to act as the reviewer of dismissals of workers by Gate Gourmet following the agreement of the parties that she was an independent person of appropriate standing. She was legal adviser to Acas on the Lindsey Oil Refinery investigation. She was a member of a Tribunal of Inquiry into Industrial Action by Airport Fire Fighters at Guernsey Airport.
Gillian's range of experience as an employment lawyer and in the field of industrial relations makes her particularly well-equipped to act as a mediator or arbitrator in employment disputes.
Gillian is author or co-author of several books, including Labour Law (6th edition, Hart Publishing, 2012) a comprehensive and detailed text regularly cited in the higher courts. Her other books include Collective Labour Law (2000); Trade Unions, Employers and the Law (1993); The State as Employer: Labour Law in the Public Services (1989); and Strikes in Essential Services (1986). In addition, Gillian has written numerous articles for leading journals, including the Industrial Law Journal, Public Law, the Law Quarterly Review and the European Human Rights Law Review.
Gillian has acted as a Labour Law Expert for the International Labour Organisation (work included drafting general employment, and specific public employment, legislation for the Member State) and as an expert adviser to the European Commission. She is an experienced lecturer to legal practitioner, management and trade union audiences both in the UK and overseas. Topics on which she has presented the UK position at international conferences include: the use of temporary labour and regulation of employment agencies; privacy at work; and industrial action.
Gillian is a member of the editorial boards of the Industrial Law Journal and Public Law.
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