Helpline gives workers insight to their rights

A HELP line has been set up by the Government to advise workers about employment rights and report abuse. It was launched by Lord Young and follows a survey showing that nearly half of the workers in London alone wrongly supposed employment agencies can charge workers a fee for finding them a job

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A HELP line has been set up by the Government to advise workers about employment rights and report abuse.

It was launched by Lord Young (pictured) and follows a survey showing that nearly half of the workers in London alone wrongly supposed employment agencies can charge workers a fee for finding them a job.

The rights include National Minimum wage, the 48-hour average working week, employment agency standards and gangmaster’ licensing.


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Business Minister Pat McFadden said at yesterday’s launch: “It’s essential to make sure these rights are properly enforced.

“We are determined that the recession doesn’t become an excuse to deny people their basic rights at work.”

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The helpline is staffed by specialist, trained advisors who pass on any information they’re given to the relevant enforcement body to take further action where needed.

The new helpline is a single contact point for both bosses and workers.

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