May 20 1014.

Employers who exploit workers are to face tougher enforcement action and stronger penalties.

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority will become part of the Home Office and will have support from the National Crime Agency’s intelligence hub which has detail on serious and economic crime. There are also plans to tackle recruitment agencies which discriminate against UK workers by recruiting solely from abroad. The government will consult on new regulations to require these agencies to advertise vacancies in English in the UK.

The new plans are in addition to other proposals to deal with illegal working and recruitment, including regulations that came info force at the start of May 2014, to double the maximum penalty for employing illegal workers to £20,000. Also included under this 'umbrella' are penalties for employers paying below the National Minimum Wage, from £5,000 to £20,000, with primary legislation due to be introduced which will mean maximum penalties of up to £20,000 for each individual worker they have underpaid.

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