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Different ways of working: reforming employment law, tax and social security for the 21st century

Time: 
09:00 to 17:30
, 15 Jun 2017
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Location: 
British Academy
Address: 
10-11 Carlton House Terrace, St James', London, SW1Y 5AH
Facilitator: 
Professor Judith Freedman, Dr Abi Adams and Dr Jeremias Prassl
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Different ways of working: reforming employment law, tax and social security for the 21st century

Recent events – from employment litigation about the status of ‘gig economy workers’ and the abortive attempt to increase National Insurance contributions for the self-employed earlier this year, through to rising concerns about ‘tax driven’ incorporation – have highlighted an urgent need to rethink established structures for regulating and taxing the UK labour market. Whilst many of the problems are not new, innovative technology and entrepreneurship magnify the challenges and opportunities they present.  

The Taylor Review on Modern Employment Practices is currently being completed. Despite many discussions, however, there have been few attempts to break down the disciplinary boundaries between labour economics, employment law and tax; comparative perspectives are similarly rare. Many proposals do not stem from the holistic examination needed to provide fair, effective and sustainable solutions.

This conference brought together leading speakers from the worlds of economics, employment law, taxation and social security and introduced perspectives from Sweden, France, Australia and the USA.  Contributors considered recent trends in the labour market and explored their implications for employment law, social security, and equitable taxation of those both at the lower and higher ends of the earnings spectrum.

Speakers and the audience included policy makers, practitioners, academics, social partners and representatives of professional bodies and think tanks; there was ample opportunity for questions and discussion. We are grateful to the ESRC, Oxford Law and Economics Faculties, the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation and the British Academy for their financial and organisational support.

Organisers

Abi Adams (Oxford Economics)
Judith Freedman (Oxford Law)
Jeremias Prassl (Oxford Law)

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Summary of the TUC submission to the Taylor Review

Thursday 15 June

09:00-09:30 Registration and Coffee
  The need for reform
Chair: Hugh Collins, Vinerian Professor in English Law, University of Oxford
09:30-09:50 Abi Adams, Associate Professor in Economics, University of Oxford  View slides
Judith Freedman, Pinsent Masons Professor of Taxation Law, University of Oxford
Jeremias Prassl, Associate Professor of Law, University of Oxford 
 

Exploring the problems
Chair: Julian Birkinshaw, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Deputy Dean, London Business School

09:50-11:15
Stephen Machin, Director, Centre for Economic Performance and Professor of Economics, LSE  View slides
Labour economics
 
Anne Davies, Dean, Oxford Law Faculty and Professor of Law and Public Policy, University of Oxford
Employment law
 
Helen Miller, Associate Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies  
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Taxation policy
 
Caroline Miskin, ICAEW Tax faculty and previously TaxAid  
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Practical issues and interaction between tax and social security
 
11:15-11:40 Coffee
 
Comparative approaches
Chair: Glen Loutzenhiser, Associate Professor of Tax Law, University of Oxford
11:40-13:15
Samuel Engblom, Social Policy Director, Trade Union Organisation (TCO), Sweden  View slides
Brett Freudenberg, Associate Professor, Griffith Business School, Australia  View slides
Shu-Yi Oei, Hoffman F Fuller Professor of Tax Law, Tulane University Law School, USA  View slides
Louis Charles Viossat, Inspector General for Social Affairs, French Government  View slides
13:15-14:15 Lunch
 
Perspectives from practice
Chair: Jonathan Chamberlain, Gowling WLG and Employment Lawyers' Association
14:15-15:30
Andrew Chamberlain, Deputy Director of Policy and External Affairs, Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed  
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Bill Dodwell, Head of Tax Policy, Deloitte and President, Chartered Institute of Taxation 2016-17
Rhiannon Jones, Principal Policy Advisor, CBI 
Karon Monaghan QC, Matrix Chambers 
Hannah Reed, Senior Employment Rights Officer, TUC 
 
The way forward
Chair: Sarah O’Connor, FT
15:30-16:30
Andrew Forsey, Office of Rt. Hon. Frank Field MP 
Mark Freedland, Emeritus Professor of Employment Law, University of Oxford
Paul Morton, Director, Office of Tax Simplification  View slides
 
Abi Adams, University of Oxford
Judith Freedman, University of Oxford
Jeremias Prassl, University of Oxford
16:30-17:30 Afternoon tea

 

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