This year, the issue of equality in the workplace has reached the headlines in the form of non-disclosure agreements that forced staff to stay silent about harassment in some of the UK's biggest firms, as well as protests among thousands of women against unequal pay.
Earlier in 2019, gender pay gap reports were published by UK employers for the second year running, revealing that among 45% of companies inequality had actually increased since monitoring began.
More broadly, women tend to be disproportionately affected by poor-quality and low-paid work, and this goes too for the increasing number of employers breaking minimum wage laws in recent years.
The introduction of gender pay gap reporting has focused a welcome spotlight on other forms of income inequality, including the race pay gap. A government consultation into the possibility of introducing ethnicity pay gap reporting was launched at the end of 2018, but Ministers are yet to respond to the feedback they received.
At this conference, an expert panel of lawyers, academics and campaigners will update delegates on the latest developments in equality law and suggest how workers' rights can be protected regardless of their personal characteristics.
Chaired by Nerys Owen, Labour Research Department
Donna Rowe-Merriman, UNISON speaking on 'National minimum wage abuses and discrimination'.
Siobhan Endean, Unite National officer for equalities 'Sectoral collective bargaining and equal pay'.
Caroline Underhill, Thompsons Solicitors on 'Gender pay gap reporting'.
John Page, The Equality Trust on 'Winning on Equal Pay'
Paul Scholey, Morrish Solicitors on 'Discrimination - recent cases'.
Sian Elliott, TUC Women's Equality Officer on 'Tackling Sexual harassment in the workplace'
Helen Carr, UCU on 'Tackling Sexual harrasment in education'