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Modern slavery reporting to be toughened up
Plans to beef up enforcement of the modern slavery reporting regime have been published.
The government’s plans are outlined in a Home Office consultation which proposes the following:
Content of statements
- Too many statements are failing to go beyond minimum compliance and the government wants to increase the comparability of statements. Currently such a statements suggest reporting on six areas - the proposal is to make this reporting compulsory.
Transparency, compliance and enforcement
- A new, on-line registry will be developed where employers will be required to publish their modern slavery statements.
- There will be a single reporting deadline for all organisations.
- A new civil penalty regime may be introduced to increase compliance, possibly featuring a variable monetary penalty. This may be enforced by a new Single Labour Market Enforcement unit. Such a penalty regime would not come into force until one year after any other changes to the transparency requirements.
Public sector supply chains
- Public sector employers with a budget of £36 million or more will be brought within the scope of the modern slavery reporting requirements.