Shiva Shadi – head of the Employment team – discusses the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and asks: Is your anti-slavery statement ready?

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 brings together offences relating to trafficking and slavery which have dominated the media over recent years with cheap labour and horrific working conditions being reported from around the world, as well as on our own door step in the UK.

Section 54, requiring anti-slavery statements will apply to organisations with a financial year ending on or after 31st March 2016.

The legislation has introduced a duty for organisations to set out what steps they take to prevent modern slavery which includes; slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking.  Although it specifically applies to any organisation which carries on business in the UK with a global turnover of £36m including subsidiaries, it will have a trickling effect through to much smaller organisations.

This is because the duty is to prevent slavery and human trafficking in any part of their business or “supply chain”.  Therefore, if you are on the supply chain of any such organisation you will be asked as part of their duty to provide your own anti-slavery statement, and you may in turn be required to ask your supply chain for the same.

This will also play an important part if you are tendering for business or contracts.

We will cover this in more detail at our forthcoming Employment Law Conference on 12th May 2016.  Details of which will be published on our Events page shortly.

To discuss this – or any other Employment Law matter – please contact Shiva.

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