Updated to include information on the increased flexibility around the publication of modern slavery statements if coronavirus-related pressures delay their preparation.
The Government is consulting on proposed changes to the duty to publish a modern slavery and human trafficking statement. The proposals aim to improve the quality of reporting under the transparency in supply chains legislation, make it easier for people to compare organisations' reports and increase compliance with the duty.
July 2019 saw progress made on an unusual number of proposed employment law changes. The Government published consultations covering workplace sexual harassment, statutory sick pay, family-friendly leave and pay, flexibility in working hours, modern slavery statements, and enforcement of worker rights. It also made announcements on changes to the laws on rehabilitation periods for offenders, settlement agreements, and protection against redundancy during pregnancy and maternity leave.
The Government consults on measures to increase compliance with the legislation on transparency in supply chains and improve the quality of the information reported.
Modern slavery reporting and enforcement will be given more teeth and extended to the public sector under new proposals.
Large employers are expected to publish their annual modern slavery statement within six months of the end of the financial year, meaning that organisations with a financial year of 1 April to 31 March should publish their statement no later than the end of September each year. What do you have to consider when writing a modern slavery statement, how should it be structured and what can it contain?
HR and legal information and guidance relating to modern slavery.