Preventing Exploitation of Labour: enforcing regulatory standards to boost compliance

Join David Metcalf, Director of Labour Market Enforcement, for our next ULSB Public Lecture where he will discuss his enforcement strategies.

Major changes have occurred in the labour market this century. The labour market has fissured, the composition of the workforce changed, labour’s share of national income and the coverage of collective bargaining both plummeted.

Enforcing workers’ rights has become more urgent. The three enforcement bodies under David Metcalf's, Director of Labour Market Enforcement's remit are; HMRC which enforces the national minimum wage, the GLAA which licences gangmasters and the Employment Agencies Inspectorate.

In his first enforcement strategy David made 37 recommendations. The government announced in December it accepts 30.  These cover: compliance; investigations and penalties; supply chains; and gaps which as enforcement of holiday pay.

David's second strategy will cover: compliance; resources; and joint working.  And will take an in-depth look at warehousing, hotels and hospitality.

Date: Wednesday 13 February 2019

Time: 5.30 - 6.30 pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre 2, Ken Edwards Building, University of Leicester


David Metcalf

Professor Sir David Metcalf is Emeritus Professor at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School ofDavid Metcalf Economics.  He was appointed Director of Labour Market Enforcement in January 2017.  Previously David was a founding member of the Low Pay Commission from 1997 to 2007 and Chair of the Migration Advisory Committee from 2007 to 2016.

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