Wider role and name change for GLA announced

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA).is to become the wider-ranging Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) from next spring, following public consultation and parliamentary evidence.

Image: HW
Image: HW

Under the terms of the Immigration Act 2016, the GLAA will retain its licensing and regulatory function of temporary labour in the food and farming sectors but have a broader role in addressing labour exploitation across the entire labour market.

It will have "police-style powers" to investigate offences under National Minimum Wage, Employment Agencies as well as the existing Gangmasters Licensing legislation, GLA Paul Broadbent said. "This enhanced investigatory function will seek to protect all workers, regardless of employment status and will not, therefore, be merely restricted to temporary workers."

From today (25 November), new powers come into force to apply Labour Market Enforcement (LME) undertakings and orders, "intended for more serious or persistent offenders where this type of intervention is judged appropriate to prevent further offending", Broadbent added.

A new role of Director of Labour Market Enforcement has also been created within the GLAA. A programme of regional seminars to explain the changes to stakeholders is scheduled for the New Year, alongside online activity.


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