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.
The statement should set out the steps that the employer has taken to ensure that no slavery exists within its organisation or supply chains.
Relevant employers have to publish a slavery statement for financial years ending on or after 31 March 2016, meaning that the first employers affected are those with a financial year of 1 April to 31 March.
XpertHR has prepared a model slavery and human trafficking statement to help employers to meet this new requirement.
Stephen Simpson, principal employment law editor
The end of September is a key cut-off point for large employers required to publish their first modern slavery statement.
The Government recommends that large organisations publish their first modern slavery statement within six months of the end of their financial year. If this runs from 1 April to 31 March, publication of the first statement is expected by 30 September 2016.
Updated to highlight the significance of 30 September 2016 for large employers with a financial year that runs from 1 April to 31 March.
Large employers must publish a modern slavery statement for each financial year ending on or after 31 March 2016. The Government recommends that the statement be published within six months of the end of the organisation's financial year. If this runs from 1 April to 31 March, publication of the first statement is expected by 30 September 2016. What do you have to consider when writing a modern slavery statement, how should it be structured and what can it contain?
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