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16th July 2019

New protections for millions of vulnerable workers

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Millions of low paid workers in the UK could receive more workplace protections in a move announced by the Business Secretary Greg Clark today (Tuesday 16 July 2019).

The government has announced its latest measures to advance the ‘Good work plan’, the largest upgrade to workers’ rights in a generation. These include:

  • proposals to create a single labour market enforcement body, which will have the powers to enforce minimum wage and holiday payments
  • the Business Secretary also confirmed that Matthew Taylor, the architect of the independent Taylor Review of modern working practices and an expert in modern business practices, has been appointed as the interim Director of Labour Market Enforcement

The government today launched a consultation on proposals for a new single labour market enforcement body. A new single body would create a strong, recognisable single brand and would make it easier for individuals to know where to go for help. It will also be better able to support businesses to help them comply with the law.

The proposals include the body having consistent powers to enforce payment of the minimum wage, labour exploitation and modern slavery, along with holiday payments for vulnerable workers and safeguarding agency workers. The consultation considers whether the body should also enforce workplace discrimination, harassment and bullying.