Labour Market Enforcement Strategy 2020 to 2021: call for evidence

16 December 2019

The interim Director of Labour Market Enforcement, Matthew Taylor, is seeking input that will help to inform his Labour Market Enforcement Strategy for 2020-2021.

A consultation has been launched, which will run until 11:45 PM on 24 January 2020 and includes questions surrounding non-compliance and enforcement in what are classed as four high-risk sectors - hand car washes, agriculture, social care and construction. The consultation will also look at non-compliance in other sectors, along with issues surrounding cross-cutting. The Director is particularly interested in receiving feedback from academics, non-governmental organisations, employers, unions, think tanks, research organisations and industry bodies and representatives.

Matthew Taylor is due to present his strategy for 2020-2021 at the end of March 2020, which is why the consultation period is significantly shorter than other consultations have been in the past. He will collect feedback from the questions included in the consultation document and from round table meetings due to be held in January. Individuals are also encouraged to host their own round table meetings which the Director or his representatives will try to attend but would also welcome any feedback that is presented back to them.

Section one asks the respondent to confirm who they are, the organisation they are from and about their interest in the enforcement of labour market regulations.

Section two looks at the four high-risk sectors identified above that are of primary focus for the strategy for 2020-2021. For each area, there are four main questions posed. One question explores non-compliance and the nature and scale of this, and if there have been any significant changes over the last 12 months. Another addresses the issue of enforcement and worker rights protection activity by enforcement, non-government and government bodies. Respondents are then asked what they felt the impact of these interventions were and how effective they had been, along with the changes to enforcement that they personally think would have the biggest impact on workers.

Section three provides the same questions as those published in section two but are not sector-specific giving individuals from other sectors the opportunity to provide their insight into and recount their experience of non-compliance and enforcement.

Section four focuses on cross-cutting and looks at issues that will fall under the remit of the three enforcement bodies, such as IR35, the growth of online apps for recruitment, umbrella companies and supply chains. These are viewed as crucial opportunities to protect the most vulnerable of workers. Questions here relate to what individuals think the Director should be turning his attention towards, changes that would have the most impact on labour market enforcement and the opportunity to discuss any other issues that they would like the Director to be aware of.

Responses should be sent to [email protected] by no later than 11:45 PM on 24 January 2020

CIPP comment

If you are one of our members who are associated with the four ‘at risk’ sectors identified by Matthew Taylor, then we would love to hear from you about your experiences relating to non-compliance and enforcement. Equally, if you are from another sector and want to get in touch, we would really appreciate your feedback on this matter. Please send any responses to Samantha Mann, senior policy and research officer at [email protected].


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