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Additional labour market powers

20 January 2017

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority has published a brief with regard to its new powers to authorised GLA officers to support wider labour market enforcement. These powers came into force on 25 November 2016.

The Immigration Act 2016 provides wider policing powers for the investigation of labour market offences. The GLA will commence using these additional policing powers, under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (England and Wales) (PACE) 1984, in the first half of 2017. Further information on those powers will be issued at that time.

GLA Brief 50 on Labour Market Enforcement Undertakings and Orders explained that offences under the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004, Employment Agencies Act 1973, and the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 are labour market offences, which may be dealt with by the use of LMEOs and LMEOs as alternative sanctions.

Additionally, the GLA has been granted powers to investigate breaches of the 1973 and 1998 Acts by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for use in England and Wales only. These powers will continue until the GLA’s new policing powers come into full operation in 2017.

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