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New single enforcement body for employment rights

As part of the UK’s Government’s “Good Work Plan” to ensure fair and decent work for all, transparency and clarity of workers’ rights and effective enforcement of those rights, proposals for a single enforcement body were published for consultation in July this year.

Currently in the UK, the majority of employment rights are enforced by the individual through an employment tribunal. However, there are some exceptions where various enforcement bodies take a role to protect particularly vulnerable workers. Examples of this are enforcement of the right to the national minimum wage by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), enforcement of the … Continue Reading

Modern Slavery – What the Private Sector Needs to Know and How It Can Help

Every four seconds, someone in the world becomes a slave. It is estimated that there are currently over 40,000,000 modern slaves worldwide. The scale of the problem is such that it is impossible to ignore. This September, Norton Rose Fulbright welcomed Matt Friedman, CEO of the Mekong Club and international human trafficking expert, to Toronto and Ottawa to lead a seminar on modern slavery and its consequences for the private sector.

An estimated 76% of modern slavery takes the form of forced labour, and an estimated 60% of these cases are associated with supply chains. While the UN, NGOs and … Continue Reading

Changes to UK employment law – October 2015

With effect from 1 October 2015 certain provisions affecting UK employment law under the Deregulation Act 2015, come into force. The changes are:

  • The removal of the power of employment tribunals to make wider recommendations in successful discrimination cases. With effect from 1 October tribunals can only make recommendations relating to the individual complainant. The UK Government’s view was that employers often make changes to their practices and procedures following a tribunal’s decision without the requirement for a formal recommendation and indeed, in practice, wider recommendations were rarely made. Section 124(3)(a) Equality Act 2010 remains in force, permitting tribunals to
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