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One legislation update that appears to have slipped under the radar for many is the Modern Slavery Act 2015.  However, for some organisations, particularly bigger ones, there are new obligations on you under this new law.

Whilst “slavery” seems an old fashioned word, don’t be deceived.  Click here to find out what your obligations may be.

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One legislation update that appears to have slipped under the radar for many is the Modern Slavery Act 2015.  However, for some organisations, particularly bigger ones, there are new obligations on you under this new law.

Whilst “slavery” seems an old fashioned word, don’t be deceived.  Read on to find out what your obligations may be.

What is it?

Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires large commercial organisations to publically state the actions they have taken ensure that their business and supply chains are slavery free.

Although the Modern Slavery Act 2015 is now in force it does give employers some breathing space and the obligation to provide public statements doesn’t kick in until after 31 March 2015.

Does it apply to me?

If you are a commercial organisation, you must produce an anti-slavery statement if:

  1. You are a body corporate or partnership carrying out business in the UK;
  2. You supply goods or services; and
  3. You have a turnover of £36million.

What must the statement say?

If you are required to produce an anti-slavery statement then it must set out the actions your organisation has taken to ensure that your business and supply chains are free from slavery.  That is the only obligation as such.

However, we have had some useful guidance and the statement may include (and in my advice should include) information about your:

  1. Structure, business and supply chains.
  2. Policies on slavery and human trafficking.
  3. Due diligence processes on slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chains.
  4. Business and supply chains where there is a risk of slavery and human trafficking taking place, and the steps it has taken to assess and manage that risk.
  5. Effectiveness in ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in its business or supply chains, measured against appropriate performance indicators.
  6. Staff training on slavery and human trafficking.

What does this mean for me?

Slavery is not something that most businesses expressly deal with within their business, nor is it common to have policies and procedures on this.  That means therefore that there are q few action points if you are going to have to provide a statement.

The first step working out when you need to publish your statement…

Your first statement should refer to your financial year ending after 31 March 2016.

The second step is identifying who should sign off the statement…

In the case of a company, the statement must be approved by the board and signed by a director.

The third step is fact finding…

Do you need an anti-slavery and human trafficking policy?

Do you need help on training staff?

Do you need assistance risk assessing your business?

I can assist you with any of the above, as well as the drafting your statement.

If you want any advice in relation to anti-slavery and human trafficking  or any other HR related issues please do contact me on 01332 227595 or emma.tice@flintbishop.co.uk for a confidential chat.

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