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Fair Employment Enforcement Board Launched

Business groups, unions and the government have joined forces for the first meeting of the Fair Employment Enforcement Board.

The Board will lead the fight to protect vulnerable workers from the minority of unscrupulous employers who exploit their staff and undercut their competitors. Employment Relations Minister Pat McFadden said: "Workers in the UK enjoy better rights than in the past, but there are still some unacceptable cases of rogue employers mistreating their staff.

"We must safeguard workers' rights and ensure unscrupulous employers cannot prey on those who are desperate to earn a living in difficult times. Denying workers basic rights on wages, leave and conditions is not only illegal, but cheats the majority of honest businesses. These practices must be stamped out."

The new Board brings together government enforcement bodies, unions, business leaders, and Citizens Advice to ensure effective enforcement of the law. The Board's first activities will be to:

* Oversee the launch of a single enforcement helpline to report cases of mistreatment

* Oversee a significant and sustained campaign to raise workers'
awareness of their basic employment rights

Also this week, the Employment Agencies Standards Inspectorate (EAS) has begun a campaign to inform agency workers of their rights.

An information booklet is being distributed to vulnerable workers and advice bodies, and is also available at


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