Institute for Human Rights & Business publishes 3 business briefings on migrant workers, relating to accommodation, wages & payslips and trade unions

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4 March 2019

Migrant Worker Accommodation

Author: IHRB (UK)

The provision of decent housing is an important sign that businesses respect and value their employees, and is shown to enhance productivity. Many businesses report that new workers settle into their roles much faster when they live in decent and dignified accommodation. Conversely, poor housing conditions can lead to workers becoming demotivated and unwell, with obvious implications for their ability to perform their work effectively.

This IHRB Briefing provides an overview of the human rights risks posed to migrant workers via the practices surrounding accommodation provision. It includes information on:

  • the international legal standards
  • defining decent and adequate housing 
  • what businesses should do
  • key resources 
  • and more

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4 March 2019

Migrant Worker Wages and Payslips

Author: IHRB (UK)

[C]ritical that migrant workers are paid what they expect, regularly, and on time. As well as serious economic impacts, late or non-payment of wages has a major and damaging psychological effect on workers, and is very often at the heart of labour disputes.

This IHRB Briefing looks at the importance of paying workers in full and on time. It includes information on:

  • the international legal standards
  • what should be in a payslip
  • the limitations of wage payment protection systems
  • wage- and payslip-related indicators of forced labour
  • what businesses should do
  • the benefits of digitised payment systems
  • and more

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4 March 2019

Migrant Workers and Trade Unions

Author: IHRB (UK)

This IHRB Briefing provides an overview of the human rights risks posed specifically to migrant workers with respect to business practices and trade unions. It includes information on: 

  • the international legal standards
  • what businesses should do
  • barriers to participation for migrant workers
  • union alternatives
  • grievance mechanisms
  • and more

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