The government has recently published the Immigration Bill 2015-16 (which can be accessed here.) The Bill implements a number of the policies which were introduced in the Conservative Party Manifesto, such as measures to tackle illegal working and support the enforcement of labour market rules.
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has announced that one of the measures in the Immigration Bill is the creation of a Director of Labour Market Enforcement. Amongst other things, this Director will be responsible for:-
- co-ordinating all enforcement bodies and ensuring a more efficient allocation of resources between the bodies;
- setting the strategic direction, priorities and budgets of the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate, HMRC’s National Minimum Wage team, and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority. This will be published in an annual strategy document;
- publishing an annual report assessing the success and outcomes against the plan; and
- leading an ‘intelligence hub’, collating information from the different enforcement bodies and beyond, to provide a single view of risk and priorities across the spectrum of non-compliance – that is, from accidental payroll errors to serious criminalit