Tag Archives: modern slavery

Australia: Government and activists increase focus on modern slavery risks

On 16 August 2017, the Australian Government announced a proposal to introduce a modern slavery reporting requirement applying to all large Australian businesses. The proposal, which enjoys broad support from a number of prominent Australian businesses, feeds into the growing … Continue reading

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UK: New Resources

The DWP has launched an employer "See Potential" toolkit to help employers retain and recruit workers from disadvantaged groups, including single parents, recovering addicts and care providers. Acas has updated its guidance on employment status. To coincide with ONS data … Continue reading

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Asia: UK Modern Slavery Act 2015

The UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Act) requires certain businesses to prepare and publish a slavery and trafficking statement for each financial year from the year ending 31 March 2016. This may impact organisations in Asia where, for example, the … Continue reading

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Asia: Human rights – modern slavery and labour issues

Concerns in relation to “modern slavery” are increasingly important for businesses to recognise. This is especially so in Asia, where poor enforcement mechanisms and unfamiliarity with employee rights often result in exploitative working conditions. What can companies do to ensure … Continue reading

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UK: Modern Slavery Act supply chain reporting obligation comes into force

A new UK supply chain reporting obligation came into force on 29 October 2015. Any large (worldwide turnover of £36 million or more) commercial organisation carrying on business in the UK, wherever incorporated, is required to comply. We issued a … Continue reading

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UK: Employment law changes in October

On 1 October 2015 the following changes came into force: New national minimum wage rates, the adult rate increasing from £6.50 to £6.70 an hour. Employment tribunals have lost their power to make wider recommendations for employers to take remedial … Continue reading

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USA: Recent developments in US legislation on modern slavery

The recent introduction of the Federal Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Bill (H.R. 4842) on 11 June 2014 (the “Bill”) is the U.S. government’s latest initiative in developing its approach towards human rights protections in business. The … Continue reading

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