Workers’ rights watchdog to be established

A new single UK workers’ rights watchdog is set to take responsibility for tackling modern slavery, enforcing the minimum wage and protecting agency workers.

The new watchdog will incorporate HMRC National Minimum Wage Enforcement, the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority and the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate into a single body.

It will also have additional powers to ensure vulnerable workers receive holiday pay and statutory sick pay without having to go through the employment tribunal process.

Business Minister Paul Scully said: “This government has been absolutely clear that we will do whatever we can to protect and enhance workers’ rights.

“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.

“This new workers’ watchdog will help us crack down on any abuses of workers’ rights and 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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