Editor's message: The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires commercial organisations with an annual turnover of at least £36 million to publish a "slavery and human trafficking statement" (sometimes referred to as an "anti-slavery statement") each financial year.
Are you an HR professional in a large employer covered by the Act? XpertHR's resources include a model slavery and human trafficking statement to help you to prepare the document each financial year.
The statement should set out the steps that your organisation has taken to ensure that no slavery exists within its organisation or supply chains.
Stephen Simpson, principal employment law editor
High-profile cases involving self-employed drivers for the likes of Uber and Deliveroo have focused heavily on employment status and rights. But HR professionals must not forget that so-called gig economy workers could raise other potential legal issues.
Updated to give 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 as the example financial year and highlight the significance of 31 March 2017 and 30 September 2017 to employers with an April-to-March financial year.
The end of September is a key cut-off point for large employers required to publish their first modern slavery statement.
Large employers with a financial year running from 1 April to 31 March should already be thinking about their modern slavery statement for 2016/17. What do you have to consider when writing a modern slavery statement, how should it be structured and what can it contain?
A fivefold rise in the number of modern slavery reports shows that efforts to highlight the issue are working, according to the Home Office.
We discuss the recent Employment Appeal Tribunal decision in British Gas Trading v Lock and another and take a look at the reporting requirement on larger companies to provide modern slavery statements.
On this week's XpertHR Weekly, we review the legislative changes affecting employers that have come into force in 2015.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to modern slavery.