Government propose single enforcement body as part of Good Work Plan initiative

The Government have launched a consultation on proposals to establish a single enforcement body regarding employment rights as part of the Good Work Plan initiative.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) say the body would help to encourage greater business compliance whilst actively supporting vulnerable workers.

The move would group powers and enforcement activities that are currently spread between a variety of organisations and departments, including; HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), The Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate and the Police.

BEIS believe having a single body with a strong, recognisable brand would make it easier for individuals to know where to go for help and to raise a complaint. It would also provide better support for businesses to comply with the rules.

Core responsibilities of the body would include monitoring breaches of National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) rules, which currently falls to HMRC, as well as being responsible for advising on statutory sick pay claims.

In addition to existing measures, the enforcement group would also be given new powers that would see them enforce on issues related to holiday pay for vulnerable workers and to regulate umbrella companies operating within the agency worker market.

The Government say the authority will work closely with other partners, including immigration officials, benefit fraud, The Pensions Regulator and wider local authority enforcement teams.

Do you think this is the right thing to do?  To take part in the consultation go to https://beisgovuk.citizenspace.com/lm/a-single-labour-market-enforcement-body/ or write to:

Labour Market Directorate

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
1st Floor, Spur 2
1 Victoria Street
London
SW1H 0ET

The consultation will close on 6 October 2019.

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