Calls made for 'fair employment commission'

20-12-2007

Calls made for 'fair employment commission'
Citizens Advice has called for the introduction of a 'fair employment commission' to protect vulnerable workers from rogue employers.

The organisation noted that its bureaux in the UK helped to deal with half a million employment-related issues last year, of which 60 per cent were to do with infringements upon statutory workplace rights.

Both Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland have suggested that the current employment tribunal system is "letting vulnerable workers down", as it is both daunting and stressful.

David Harker, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said while the majority of employers attempt to comply with the legal requirements, there are "far too many rogues out there, flouting the law, ignoring rules without sanction and profiting from vulnerable workers".

There is a "real need" for the creation of a fair employment commission to offer protection to workers and ensure a "level playing field" for employers, he added.

A spokesman for the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform told the BBC that the government is "determined" to tackle rogue employers.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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