New UK watchdog to clamp down on abuse and protect workers’ rights

One powerful overarching body will be created to protect the rights of UK workers, and to clamp down on workplace abuse.
The UK government’s plans for a new watchdog for workers hopes to tackle modern slavery, enforce the minimum wage and protect agency workers. The role is currently spread across three different entities.

The government’s plans will see the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate and HMRC’s National Minimum Wage Enforcement combined to create a comprehensive new authority.

Business Minister Paul Scully said the government has been absolutely clear that it will do whatever it can to protect and enhance workers’ rights, and this new initiative will ensure businesses that break the rules will get caught.

“The vast majority of businesses want to do right by their staff, but there are a minority who seem to think the law doesn’t apply to them. Exploitative practices like modern slavery have no place in society,” said Mr Scully.

“This new workers’ watchdog will help take action against companies that turn a blind eye to abuses in their supply chains, while providing a one-stop shop for employees and businesses wanting to understand their rights and obligations.”

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