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Employment Practices Bill 2014-15 published

The Employment Practices Bill 2014-15 had its first reading in the House of Lords on 10 June 2014 and a first draft has now been published.

The bill provides that if an employer offers an employee residential accommodation as part of their employment package, it must offer a financial payment as an alternative. The payment would reflect the cost of bed and breakfast accommodation in the area where the employee works. There will be a prescribed scale for the amount that must be offered, with regional variations.

While it is understood that the bill has been introduced to tackle the potential exploitation of migrant workers, it will apply equally to all employers and workers. It is therefore likely to affect employers in many sectors who provide employee accommodation. However, the bill states that the requirement to offer a financial alternative to residential accommodation will not apply if the accommodation is deemed to be a necessary requirement of the employment.

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