Employment Law Bulletin April 2016


You will be pleased to know that we have resisted the temptation to jump on the bandwagon by trying to shoehorn an employment-law perspective into the unfolding Mossack Fonseca furore, not least since at the time of going to press, it is not entirely clear how the 11 million or so documents came to be liberated from the firm. There is still time, though, and if it turns out that a disgruntled (ex) employee was responsible, we may not be able to contain ourselves…

In the meantime, this month’s roundup:

Modern slavery statements

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 came into force last October. One requirement that it imposes on large commercial organisations is to publish a statement on their websites setting out the steps that they are taking to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in their supply chain.

The duty only applies directly to companies with a presence in the UK and a global turnover of at least £36 million a year, but a much wider range of UK employers will form part of the supply chain of such companies and are therefore likely to have to satisfy their customers that they are doing what they can to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is eliminated.