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The UK's Latest Government Initiative that will Protect Millions of Vulnerable Workers

Posted by Mark Summers on 18 Sep 2019
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As we move blissfully into Autumn, we reflect on the government’s Summer announcement and its latest measures to advance the 'Good Work Plan', the largest upgrade to workers’ rights in a generation.

These measures have come to light after years of efforts to improve our staffing market and ensure that UK workers aren't being underpaid.  Recent initiatives and schemes implemented by the government include the introduction of a 'name and shame list' of underpaying employers, IR35 in the public sector (implemented in the private sector in April 2020), the Modern Slavery Act (MSA) 2015 and many more, already spending around £33m a year on enforcement.  

The government's latest proposed initiative is to create a single labour market enforcement body and is consulting to seek views (available on gov.uk until 6th October 2019) on whether establishing a new single enforcement body for employment rights could:

  • improve enforcement for vulnerable workers
  • create a level playing field for the majority of businesses who are complying with the law

The Business Secretary has also confirmed that Matthew Taylor, the architect of the independent Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices and keynote speaker at our Enabling the Future of Work™ 2018 conference, has been appointed as the interim Director of Labour Market Enforcement.

Members of Staffline's Board of Directors, Datum RPO’s parent company, were present at the announcement, ensuring that we continue to support Matthew Taylor and the 'Good Work Plan' (which closely represents our foundation for offering #Goodwork) and HMRC and its initiatives to further protect workers in the UK. 

Our involvement in these initiatives derives from our passion to both improve the lives of workers in the UK and ensure that there is a 'level playing field' when it comes to staffing suppliers.

The new initiative will help to stop rogue recruiters using un-ethical payroll schemes to reduce tax, provide a platform to further review underpaid holiday entitlement and ultimately, give UK workers the upgrade to their rights that they deserve. 

To find out more about how Datum RPO is leading the flexible working revolution and raising industry standards, click here.


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