Following the absence of an Employment Bill in the Queen’s Speech this year, the government has been quick to show that they haven’t stopped thinking about Employment issues. This week, the government updated Parliament on their proposals to create a single enforcement body for employment rights, and the government’s response to ACAS’s report on ‘fire and rehire’ practices.
What is the Single Enforcement Body?
After consulting in 2019, the Government has announced that responsibility for tackling modern slavery offences, enforcing the minimum wage, and protecting agency workers will be merged into one body, instead of three. Their hope is that one single enforcement body will help to improve enforcement through better coordination and pooling intelligence. You can read the government’s full response here.
As well as maintaining their existing powers, the new body will:
- Have new powers to ensure workers get the holiday pay and statutory sick pay they are entitled to, without having to go throu