You may be thinking that this probably has nothing to do with your business. Think again. The obligation under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (‘MSA’) applies to organisations that have an annual turnover of £36 million and above and is therefore likely to affect recruiters and umbrella companies more than other SMEs due to, for instance, paying temporary workers. You may not be caught by the MSA, but your client base might already be reviewing their supply chain and could require you to publish Slavery and Human Trafficking (“SHT”) statements. This is an opportunity to sharpen up practices and incorporate MSA compliance with a view to maintaining your competitive advantage.
The new disclosure duty is effective as of 1st April 2016. (click here for our previous article) You should therefore be prepared and, if you haven’t already done so, seek legal advice and start thinking about what your business is doing, or could be doing, to combat modern slavery.
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