Labour Market: Regulation

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 26 January 2023.

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Photo of Lord Coaker Lord Coaker Shadow Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Opposition Whip (Lords)

To ask His Majesty's Government why they announced that they are no longer going to create a single enforcement body overseeing conditions in the labour market.

Photo of Lord Callanan Lord Callanan Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

This Government remains committed to workers’ rights and enforcement but there is also real pressure on parliamentary time. We are reviewing what this means for the creation of the Single Enforcement Body which would be a significant organisational change and requires primary legislation. In the meantime, we continue to invest significantly in the existing labour market enforcement bodies and are working with the Director of Labour Market Enforcement to provide strategic oversight of the system as a whole.

The Government is supporting legislation to enhance workers’ rights. This includes backing five Private Members’ Bills on neonatal leave and pay, pregnancy and maternity discrimination, flexible working, carers’ leave, and tipping.

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