Date of release: Monday, April 24, 2017

WERUEmployment rights in the UK and how they might change following Britain's withdrawal from the EU will be discussed in a University of Greenwich public seminar.

Three experts will be speaking at the event, organised by the university's Work and Employment Research Unit (WERU), part of its renowned Business School. It takes place on Wednesday 10 May and all are welcome.

Professor Keith Ewing (Kings College London) will look at the implications of Brexit for employment law generally. He will be asking questions including how much of our employment law is EU sourced, what is the role of the European Court of Justice in the protection of employment rights, and what the implications of losing access to the Court might be.

He is Professor of Public Law at Kings and President of the Institute of Employment Rights.

Sarah Veale (University of Greenwich, and Equality and Human Rights Commission) will consider the potential impact upon discrimination legislation. The introduction of such legislation in the UK has resulted in significant and positive changes in workplace culture, she will argue: its removal, or diminution, will lead to a deterioration in employment relations.

A former Head of Equality and Employment Rights at the TUC, Sarah is a Commissioner on the Equality and Human Rights Commission, an Executive Committee member of the Institute for Employment Rights and Vice-Chair of the Equality and Diversity Forum.

Rachel Suff (CIPD – Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) will present new research on employers' attitudes to employment rights. This research examines whether there is a certain 'perception-reality gap', and whether or not employers' perceived barriers and attitudes to regulation are fully aligned to actual practice on the ground. The report also looks at key pieces of EU-derived employment regulation, such as that relating to agency workers, to assess their effectiveness.

Joining the CIPD as a policy adviser in 2014, Rachel also helps guide its thinking in relation to European developments affecting the world of work.

Employment Rights Post-Brexit , the latest in WERU's seminar series, takes place between 3pm and 6pm in Room QA065, Queen Anne Court, University of Greenwich.

Those planning to attend should contact Professor Geoff White on

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