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Published on 8 September 2023

Labour Market Enforcement Strategy 2024 to 2025: call for evidence


LITRG has responded to the call for evidence on the Director of Labour Market Enforcement's (DLME) labour market enforcement strategy 2024 to 2024.

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The DLME is seeking stakeholder evidence to inform her strategy for 2024 to 2025. Her four themes are:

  1. Improving the radar picture to have a better understanding of the non-compliance threat.

  2. Improving focus and effectiveness of the compliance and enforcement work of the three bodies under my remit

  3. Better joined-up thinking to minimise the opportunities for exploitation of gaps in employment protection

  4. Improving engagement with employers and support for workers

Currently the 3 enforcement bodies under her remit are:

  • HMRC National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage (NMW/NLW)

  • Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA)

  • Employment Agency Standards (EAS)

While tax and PAYE enforcement are not under her remit, the DLME will note that status, the problem of ‘false self-employment’ and ‘worker’ status and rights run as a theme throughout our response. We have also taken the opportunity to draw her attention to the report ‘Personal Assistant Employment Status’ that has been put together by the National Direct Payments Forum, exploring self-employed PA/carer arrangements and highlighting the potential for ‘false self-employment’ in the care sector. We were pleased to share our technical knowledge of this area of the tax system with the authors as part of their research for the report.

Our response can be found here (the Appendix can be found here).

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