Sir David Metcalf has today (5 January 2017) been named as the first Director of Labour Market Enforcement to oversee a government crackdown on exploitation in the workplace.
Sir David, who was chairman of the Migration Advisory Committee until August 2016, will set the strategic priorities for the:
- Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
- Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate
- HMRC’s National Minimum Wage enforcement team
The appointment follows the commencement on 25 November 2016 of labour market enforcement undertakings and orders under the Immigration Act 2016, which can ultimately lead to criminal prosecutions and prison sentences of up to 2 years for businesses which mistreat their workers.
For more details on how these work, see my ebook on the Immigration Act 2016.