Some of the key legislative levers we use here at TISCreport are outlined in this FAQ. If you want to put more S and G into your ESGs then this is a good place to start, with the UK's employment and labour regulations.
What are the key employment and labour laws in the UK?
What is the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority and which laws does it enforce?
The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) is a UK government agency that is responsible for combating modern slavery, human trafficking, and labour exploitation. The GLAA was established in 2004 as the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) and was renamed in 2017 to reflect its broader mandate.
The GLAA works to protect workers from being exploited by gangmasters and other unscrupulous employers and labor providers. Gangmasters are individuals or organizations that supply workers to industries such as agriculture, forestry, horticulture, shellfish gathering, and food processing, and who may exploit their workers through poor working conditions, low pay, and other forms of abuse.
The GLAA has a number of powers and responsibilities, including the authority to carry out investigations, to issue and revoke licenses for gangmasters, and to take enforcement action against those who engage in unlawful activities. It also works with other organizations and agencies to raise awareness of the issues of modern slavery and labour exploitation, and to provide support and assistance to victims.
The GLAA plays an important role in protecting workers in the UK from exploitation and abuse, and in promoting fair and ethical working practices in industries where these issues are known to occur.
What is the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate?
What is Section 9 4 (a) (i) of the Employment Agencies Act 1973 and why is it important??
Section 9(4)(a)(i) of the Employment Agencies Act 1973 is a provision that pertains to the circumstances under which an employment agency may charge a fee to a worker. According to this provision, an employment agency may charge a fee to a worker if the worker has requested the agency to find work for them and the agency has subsequently found work for the worker as a result of that request.
The Employment Agencies Act 1973 is a UK law that regulates the operation of employment agencies and employment businesses. It sets out the rights and responsibilities of both employment agencies and workers, and seeks to protect workers from exploitation and abuse by these types of businesses.
Under the Act, employment agencies are not allowed to charge fees to workers unless certain conditions are met. Section 9(4)(a)(i) specifies one of these conditions, which is that the worker must have made a specific request to the agency to find work for them, and the agency must have subsequently found work for the worker as a result of that request.
This provision is intended to ensure that employment agencies only charge fees to workers who have actively sought out their services and have received a benefit as a result. It also helps to prevent employment agencies from charging fees to workers who are simply looking for work on their own, without the assistance of the agency.