Portrait of Professor Lydia Hayes

Professor Lydia Hayes

Head of Kent Law School
Principal Investigator, The Legal and Social Life of Care Standards Regulation in England, Scotland and Wales (Wellcome Trust).
Research network leader, Gender-based Violence and Labour Standards, partnered with North West University (South Africa), University of the Western Cape (South Africa), RMIT (Australia) and Unacceptable Forms of Work global research programme, partnered with RMIT (Australia).
Professor of Law

About

Professor Lydia Hayes writes about how law shapes working lives. She is a feminist scholar who focuses on the socio-legal impact of minimum labour standards and basic employment rights. Her research blends detailed doctrinal analysis with qualitative social science methods.

Professor Hayes’ new monograph One Hundred Years of Equal Pay Law will be published by Hart in 2020. Her previous monograph, Stories of Care: A Labour of Law (2017) is the first to have been awarded prizes for excellence from both the Socio-Legal Studies Association and Society of Legal Scholars.
Her current research includes ongoing work to trace the employment rights and labour standards impacts of devolution, particularly in Wales and Scotland. Professor Hayes is also developing empirical research projects about the workplace impacts of minimum wage and equal pay claims-making by women in low waged work.
In 2019, Professor Hayes led a team examining the regulation of care work in the four nations of the UK. This was published for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Care and was a key resource for their analysis and recommendations. She worked as a legal advisor to Wales TUC in the development of proposals for a Social Partnership Act, an initiative adopted and announced in the National Assembly for Wales by First Minister Mark Drakeford in June 2019. This follows on from her report to Welsh Government in 2017 about exploitation in low-waged work in Wales, which informed Welsh policy on migration and Brexit. Professor Hayes has written and spoken extensively about the need for sectoral collective bargaining to improve terms and conditions of work in UK social care. These recommendations have been echoed in political debates, in political manifesto commitments, trade union policies and cited in the House of Lords.
Professor Hayes works with Professor Charlesworth at RMIT to better understand how gender-based violence is connected to conditions of work in social care in both the UK and Australia. She was a visiting fellow to RMIT in 2018. Her most recent academic publication is a critique of s20 Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 provisions on wilful neglect and ill-treatment in social care.

Professor Lydia Hayes writes about how law shapes working lives. She is a feminist scholar who focuses on the socio-legal impact of minimum labour standards and basic employment rights. Her research blends detailed doctrinal analysis with qualitative social science methods.

Research interests

Women and law, devolution, employment rights, care work, gender-based violence at work, trade union freedoms.

Teaching

Professor Hayes teaches undergraduates in the subject area of Public Law

Supervision

Professor Hayes is happy to supervise PhD students in respect of empirical qualitative research in law, women and law or employment rights and trade union law

Professional

Board Member, Institute of Employment Rights
Industrial Law Society
Socio-Legal Studies Association
Society of Legal Scholars
Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers

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