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New government body to enforce low-paid workers’ rights

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The government has announced plans to create a single labour market enforcement body, with powers to enforce minimum wage, holiday payments and other provisions.

The Department of Business & Industrial Strategy said millions of low-paid workers could receive the “largest upgrade to workers’ rights in a generation” under the proposals.

“We have a labour market that we can be proud of with more people in work than ever before. But its right that hard-working people see their rights upgraded and are protected from exploitative practices, whilst ensuring we create a level playing field for the vast majority of businesses who comply with employment laws,” said Greg Clark, who held the position of Business Secretary at the time of this announcement.

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“A new single labour market enforcement body will bring together our different enforcement partners putting all our expertise in one dedicated place, better protecting workers and enforcing their rights now and into the future.”

Clark also confirmed that Matthew Taylor, the man behind the independent Taylor Review of modern working practices, will become the interim director of Labour Market Enforcement on August 1.

“Matthew Taylor’s appointment as Director of Labour Market Enforcement, the architect of our ‘Good work plan’, demonstrates our commitment to the largest upgrade in workers’ rights in a generation and preparing our labour market for the economy of the future,” he said.

Peter Cheese, CEO of the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, said: “Stronger understanding and enforcement of employment rights is essential for creating fairer, more inclusive workplaces. The creation of a single enforcement body is an important step towards achieving better working lives for the UK’s most vulnerable workers.”

The government has launched a consultation on proposals for the new single labour market enforcement body.

Click here to take part in the consultation.

Tags : holiday paymentsnational minimum wageReal Living Wageworkers' rights
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