Opportunity to Influence Umbrella Sector Regulation

Treasury, HMRC and BEIS have just published a Call for Evidence on Umbrellas.  It forms part of their commitment to bring umbrellas into scope for labour market enforcement, and they want to hear from all stakeholders.  Importantly they particularly want to hear from workers who have been engaged via an umbrella, so this is your chance […]

New Director of Labour Market Enforcement – at last!

After a gap of some 9 months, BEIS has announced the appointment of a new Director of Labour Market Enforcement – Margaret Beels OBE takes up the role with immediate effect. She brings extensive industry experience, having been Chair of Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) since 2011, where Margaret led on work to tackle […]

Single Enforcement Body Gets Green Light

Government confirms Single Enforcement Body to protect workers rights The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has this morning confirmed that plans for a Single Enforcement Body will go ahead.  Business Minister Paul Scully has said “We will take action against big brands that turn a blind eye to abuses.”  The one-stop shop will […]

Queen’s Speech Surprise

Today’s Queen’s Speech had a very surprising omission, the much anticipated employment bill did not feature at all.  As she officially reopened Parliament, the Queen’s Speech in the House of Lords highlighted 30 laws that are intended to be passed in the coming year, including some carried forward from the previous session, however no employment […]

Government To Review Whistleblowing Reforms

The Government have stated they will be reviewing reforms linked to whistleblowing to “ensure that they remain fit for purpose”. This was announced after Protect, a company which offers confidential whistleblowing advice, reported that a fifth (20%) of employees who did report whistleblowing were dismissed by their employers last year.  Over two-thirds (68%) of the […]

Post-Brexit Review of Worker Rights Has Been Axed

Credit: Louise Haywood-Schiefer

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng MP has confirmed that the controversial review into how EU employment rights protections could be changed post-Brexit is no longer going ahead.  The move follows several contradictory statements in recent weeks, with the planned review originally being denied, then confirmed, and now the government has confirmed it has been axed once […]

No Director of Labour Market Enforcement, No Problem?

In a surprising move, Matthew Taylor, Interim Director of Labour Market Enforcement at BEIS has not had his contract renewed despite there being no successor in place when his term ended on 31 January 2021.  This is very concerning given that so many people are being exploited right now in the labour market, either by […]

Companies House reforms could mean fewer schemes

BEIS is proposing wide-ranging reforms to Companies House which will have a potentially significant impact in tackling fraud and dubious schemes.  The consultation looks at implementing a ban on corporate directors which are often used in complex business structures designed to hide the identity of the individuals that own or run a company.  NB corporate […]