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The Labour Party’s new deal for working people – significant employment law reform on the horizon

  • 29 November 2023
  • 4pm - 5:30pm
  • Lewis Silkin, Arbor, 255 Blackfriars Road, SE1 9AX

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Join us on 29 November where we'll examine what the employment law landscape might look like under a Keir Starmer-led government and highlight the key issues employers need to consider now to plan ahead.

Our expert panel will share first hand insights from attending the recent Labour Party conference and consider the implications of Labour's proposals to reform employment law and what these might mean for employers. 

At the TUC Conference in September, shadow Deputy Prime Minister Angela Rayner renewed the Labour Party's promise of a new deal for working people and the pledge to introduce new employment laws in the first 100 days of a new Labour government. If implemented, the Labour Party's current proposals to reform employment law could bring about the most significant strengthening of workplace rights in more than a generation. 

Areas of focus for the discussion and the questions the panel will seek to answer include:

  • Single worker status and basic day 1 rights: What will moving to a two-part framework comprising just workers and the self-employed mean, alongside a planned extension of basic day 1 rights? What rights are likely to become day 1? Will Labour follow the European trend of introducing a right to disconnect from work, and would that change our always-on culture? How should employers prepare?
  • Zero-hours contracts and the right to minimum hours: Will banning zero-hours contracts reduce flexibility and what challenges might emerge?
  • Trade unions and collective action: What will banning fire and rehire/replace look like in practice? With Labour seeking to make it easier for trade unions to secure statutory recognition, what could a right of trade union entry to workplaces mean for non-unionised employers?
  • DE&I, pay gap reporting and family rights: Will proposed changes to the harassment framework raise the bar, and how? With plans to mandate ethnicity and disability pay gap reporting and include outsourced workers in gender pay gap reports, will Labour’s focus on reporting quicken the pace of change on equality? What commitments to family rights have Labour made, and what is missing?

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Event speakers

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Sally Hulston


I am a Partner in the Employment team and have specialised in employment law for around 20 years.

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David Hopper


I specialise in advising on industrial relations and collective employment law.

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Colin Leckey


I am a partner specialising in employment law. I draw my clients from all industry sectors, but have a particular focus on financial ...

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Lucy Lewis


I joined Lewis Silkin on qualification in 2002. I was made a partner in 2009 and in 2012, I opened our office in Cardiff where I manage ...

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James Davies


As a founder partner of Lewis Silkin’s employment practice, I have over 30 years’ experience of advising clients on employment issues large ...

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Carly Mather

Managing Associate

I am a Managing Associate, in the Employment, Immigration and Reward division. I joined Lewis Silkin in 2022, as part of the firm’s ...

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