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The government has published its response to the consultation on tackling exploitation in the labour market, which closed on 7 December 2015. It will implement all four proposals included in the consultation:
(1) A new statutory position of a Director of Labour Market Enforcement has been included in the Immigration Bill. The Director will produce an annual labour market enforcement strategy and submit it to the Secretary of State for Business and the Home Secretary for approval.
(2) A new offence of aggravated breach of labour market legislation will be introduced and non-compliance will be a criminal offence.
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(3) Information sharing will be strengthened via a new ‘intelligence hub’.
(4) The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) will become the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority and it will be given police-style enforcement powers to help it in its aim of preventing, detecting and investigating worker exploitation across all labour sectors.