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Does current employment legislation protect workers’ wellbeing in an increasingly digital workplace?

Thursday 28 January

The House of Lords COVID-19 Select Committee will be exploring this issue in an evidence session next week when it hears from a panel of witnesses including the TUC (Trades Union Congress) and CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development).

On Tuesday 2 February at 10am the Committee will hold a virtual session which will be available to watch live or on demand at Parliament TV.

Giving evidence will be:


  • Kate Bell, Head of Rights, TUC;
  • Jon Boys, Labour Market Economist, CIPD;
  • Dr Kelle Howson, Researcher, Fairwork Foundation; and
  • Dr Jamie Woodcock, Senior lecturer, Open University.

Themes for discussion during the session are:

  • What have we learned during the last nine months about whether current legislation, policy and practice is adequate to protect workers’ rights and wellbeing?
  • To what extent has the pandemic accelerated the growth in platform working, and what risks (and benefits) can this type of work pose to workers’ wellbeing?
  • What are the biggest threats that technology will pose to workers’ rights in the next 2-5 years, and how can they be addressed?

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