How companies get caught in the slave trade

The recent conviction of a UK business owner for a human trafficking offence has been a wake-up call to big businesses to carefully monitor their supply chain, if they are to avoid being connected to slave labour unwittingly. Further to our earlier article on the Modern Slavery Act, the requirements of the Act have developed and the true extent of the requirements have come to light meaning that companies of every size need to check out where they stand, even if they are a small supplier much further down the…

Are you caught by the Modern Slavery Act?

In October 2015 Parliament agreed the Regulations that are required to bring s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 into force. Under this somewhat controversial legislation certain employers are required to prepare and publish an annual anti-slavery and human trafficking statement. This starts from 31 March 2016. Thankfully, there is some good news for smaller employers here. You will completely escape this new regulatory burden if your annual turnover is under £36 million. There are no plans to lower this threshold at any point in the future. If you would…

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