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GLAA consults on Licensing Standards

30 May 2018

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority is consulting on proposed changes to the GLAA Licensing Standards.

The proposed revisions cover:

  • assessing whether an applicant/licence holder is fit and proper and compliant with the Standards by considering how they operate outside the licensable sector;
  • the circumstances when a licence expires – retaining discretion to review whether a change of VAT number requires a new application;
  • strengthening the review of forced labour/mistreatment of workers by including the International Labour Office (ILO) indicators;
  • ensuring that applicants/holders have an agreement when they make a loan to workers;
  • providing greater clarity on the payment of holiday pay and the requirement to allow workers to take leave (bringing requirements together in one Standard);
  • providing greater clarity on what the GLAA considers to be a fee levied on workers and brigading all the requirements together;
  • removing requirements on applicants and licence holders to keep records so that the GLAA is consistent with the repeal of aspects of the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business Regulations.

These proposals for updating the Standards can be implemented within the existing legislative framework and do not require amendments to the Gangmasters (Licensing Conditions) Rules 2009.

The consultation poses a series of questions, but any further comments are welcomed by the GLAA. For more details see the consultation paper.

FPC will be responding on behalf of members and we would be pleased to hear from you with regard to any comments you have.  The deadline for the close of the consultation is 3 July 2018, so please email any feedback to sian@freshproduce.org.uk by 28 June.

The GLAA intends to implement any changes to the Licensing Standards by 1 October 2018, subject to a decision by the GLAA Board.

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