UK: Latest developments on govt.’s efforts to improve transparency in supply chains & labour market

Author: Helena Milner-Smith & Hannah Edmonds, Covington & Burling LLP, on National Law Review (USA), Published on: 9 August 2017

“UK Government takes further steps towards increased regulation of human rights for business”, 3 Aug 2017

We recently reported on the global trend towards improved business “non-financial reporting” of human rights and environmental practices. The latest U.K. developments in this area are...

  1. Modern Slavery (Transparency in Supply Chains) Bill 2017

If enacted in its current form, the Bill will amend…Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act, which requires certain companies to publish an annual statement on action taken to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their business and suppliers[,]…so that…certain content of the…[s]tatement will be mandatory, rather than voluntary…Regulation 57 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 shall be amended so that a bidder will be prevented from participating in a public procurement procedure unless it has complied with the obligation to publish a MSA Statement…

  1. Report by David Metcalf [U.K.’s first Labour Market Enforcement Director]: ‘Informing Labour Market Enforcement Strategy 2018/19’

…The Report outlines the main functions of the Director, which include…addressing issues surrounding national minimum/living wage enforcement, licensing of labour providers, the operation of recruitment agencies and tackling modern slavery; and…reviewing the performance of the three principal labour market enforcement bodies…

The Director comments…that: “The flexible labour market should be buttressed by thorough and sustained enforcement of minimum labour standards”...

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