Employment Legal Advice Network (ELAN)

Overview

ELAN is a network of over 40 organisations dedicated to ensuring that people in London are able to obtain advice about and enforce their employment rights and entitlements.

This could be through the provision of advice and/or campaigning for change. The primary focus is on low-paid workers and those in precarious work.

Trust for London set up the network in 2014 and continues to co-ordinate it. ELAN has an independent chair, Andrew Hillier QC, and it is supported by a consultant, Camilla Palmer QC (Hon).

ELAN aims specifically to:

  • Improve the effectiveness of the London Employment Rights Advice sector;
  • Improve the co-ordination of this sector;
  • Share learning and experience;
  • Identify areas of joint action and undertake initiatives/campaigns;
  • Identify gaps in knowledge and evidence.

Participation is open to any not-for-profit advice or campaigning organisation working on employment/workers’ rights in London.

ELAN usually meets formally four times a year whilst maintaining an on-going relationship with members through advice and information sharing.

Past work

ELAN works closely with the Greater London Authority and provided input into the development of Employment Rights Hub for Londoners.

In 2019, ELAN members provided input into the Trust’s submission to the government’s Good Work Plan consultation.

COVID-19 response

During the current COVID-19 epidemic, ELAN has moved to virtual meetings every week to assess the situation, disseminate information and devise appropriate responses.

The network has appointed Victoria Speed to lead their COVID-19 response.

Victoria was most recently at BPP University where she managed the Pro Bono Centre for more than a decade. She will support organisations across the ELAN network who are defending the rights of workers impacted by COVID-19.

Her immediate focus is on organising pro bono volunteers to provide extra support to network organisations and sharing best practice across the network in this rapidly changing environment. 

Dispute Resolution Assistance and Mediation in the Workplace (DRAW)

ELAN has recently launched a three-month pilot of Dispute Resolution Assistance and Mediation in the Workplace (DRAW), a free online mediation service for employees and small employers based in Greater London, to help them resolve issues arising from COVID-19.

Find out more on the YESS website.

Employment Rights Hub

Members of ELAN worked with the Mayor of London to ensure that videos with up-to-date information on Londoners' rights during COVID-19 were added to the Employment Rights Hub.

Contact

For more information on ELAN's COVID-19 response or to register your interest in volunteering, contact Victoria at elan@swllc.org.

If you are interested in joining ELAN, please email Grants Manager Klara Skrivankova at info@trustforlondon.org.uk

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