GLAA set to introduce ‘more effective compliance strategy’

22 September 2021

 

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) has announced plans to introduce a ‘more effective compliance strategy’ following a public consultation that took place at the start of 2021.

In a recent press release, the GLAA confirmed that the key changes will include;

  • A commitment to conduct more compliance activity and specifically, to inspect every licence-holder over a five-year rolling period
  • The majority of application inspections to be carried out virtually
  • Providing more help and advice for licence-holders and training to build compliance
  • Exploring news ways to get feedback from workers using technology
  • Conducting more compliance activity using different approaches such as awareness visits, informal resolution of issues, thematic reviews, unannounced spot checks, days of action etc

Aspire Comment

There are many responsibilities that employers face in relation to their workers and ensuring that they are treated fairly and in accordance with the law. Any failure in meeting these requirements can lead to both financial and reputational risk and, in some cases, criminal prosecution.

The GLAA’s new plans highlight the increasing ability, power and exposure that the GLAA hopes to gain which means that there will potentially be even more pressure on employers across all industry sectors to ensure that they are operating compliantly to avoid GLAA intervention.

If you are concerned about any of your obligations as an employer, or if you think you have failed to comply with any of the regulations that the GLAA now have powers to investigate, please get in touch with Aspire to discuss how we can help.

It is good practice for companies to have a Modern Slavery Policy and, if a company meets the £36m turnover threshold, then you must also publish an annual Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking statement on your website. If you would like to discuss this in more detail, please give one of our team a call.