For Employers

Why modern slavery is a matter for us all
Why modern slavery is a matter for us all

Its five years since the Modern Slavery Act (MSA) passed into law, and you dont have to look too hard to see that it is still a major issue in our national life.

There is plenty of evidence that the issue continues to be a blight and that there remains much misunderstanding amongst companies about their responsibilities in this area.

Thats a desperately sad situation. When applied correctly, the MSA can help lift those affected out of truly horrendous exploitation and also lead to much-improved morale among companies which might, unwittingly, have relied on forced labour.

Latest figures from the Global Slavery Index for the UK suggest that as many as 136,000 people are caught up by modern slavery though the Governments own figures put the number as between 10-13,000.

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For Employees

My boss says I must come back into work. Is he right?
My boss says I must come back into work. Is he right?

Just about the most common question we are being asked at the moment relates to returning to work.

With the furlough scheme due to end at the end of October, its likely that many more employees will get a message from their workplace telling them to return to their office, factory or workstation.

But if you are genuinely concerned for your health and wellbeing, do you have to do what your boss is telling you.

Theres no straightforward answer but whatever your situation, the best starting point is to try to engage in an open dialogue with your boss.

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