Last updated October 18, 2022
Modern slavery is a crime resulting in despicable abuse of human rights. The Modern Slavery Act (MSA) 2015 came into force as from March 2015 and consolidates slavery and trafficking offenses. It covers four activities:
• Forced or compulsory labour;
• Human trafficking.
It ensures that offences are subject to the toughest asset recovery regime under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The National Crime Agency, the police and other law enforcement agencies have the powers to bring to justice those engaged in human trafficking and slavery.
Modern slavery is a complex and multi-faceted crime and tackling it requires all staff of Mr L’s Online English.com to play a part. Protecting our workforce and reputation is vital. The MSA 2015 highlights the important need for the Firm to play a part in tackling slavery.
The Transparency in Supply Chains Clause which came into force October 2015 requires organisations with a turnover of £36m or more to report on processes and due diligence taken to ensure that their supply chains are slavery free, and to produce and publish a slavery and human trafficking statement each financial year.
The principal areas of risk Mr L’s Online English.com faces, related to slavery and human trafficking, include, but are not limited to the following:
Recruitment through agencies;
Mr L’s Online English.com will manage these risks through our procedures set out in this policy.
Mr L’s Online English.com and its employees have a responsibility to ensure all colleagues and Business Partners are safeguarded, treated fairly and with dignity. This policy must be observed and any serious concerns which are raised will be dealt with as appropriate and may trigger the Firm's disciplinary procedures.
Mr L’s Online English.com will:
maintain clear policies and procedures preventing exploitation and human trafficking, protecting our colleagues, Business Partners and our reputation;
be clear about our recruitment policy;
monitor our supply chains;
make appropriate checks on all employees, recruitment agencies, suppliers, etc.;
have in place an open and transparent grievance process for all staff.
Supervisors and Line-Managers will:
listen and be approachable to colleagues;
respond appropriately if they are told something that might indicate a colleague is in an exploitative situation;
remain alert to indicators of slavery;
raise awareness by discussing issues and providing training;
use their experience and professional judgement to gauge situations.
follow the reporting procedure if there is any suspicion of a colleague or someone in our supply chain being controlled, or forced by someone else, to work or provide services;
follow the reporting procedure if a colleague tells them something that may indicate they are or someone else is being exploited or ill-treated.
Mr L’s Online English.com will make a clear annual statement which will show a summary of the steps we have taken during the financial year to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of the business or our supply chains. It will be published on our website at the end of each financial year. The company will show that improvements can be made. The statement will also show:
the organisation structure, our business and supply chains;
our policy in relation to slavery and human trafficking;
the due diligence processes in relation to slavery and human trafficking;
the parts of the business and supply chains where there is a risk of slavery and human trafficking, and what steps are being taken to assess and manage that risk;
training available to staff about slavery and human trafficking.
The statement will be approved by the members and signed by a designated member. The Firm will publish
Identifying suppliers by total spend/goods or services/location;
Supply chains (a supplier is any individual or company which provides goods or services);
We (the Firm) will thoroughly check supply chains to ensure the potential for slavery and human trafficking is significantly reduced (see supplier questionnaire);
We will inform companies that we do business with that we are not prepared to accept any form of exploitation;
Our supplier contracts will contain an anti-slavery clause which prohibits suppliers and their employees from engaging in slavery or human trafficking;
Each step of the supply process will be accounted for. We will know who is providing goods and services to us, and we will have mechanisms and processes in place to check, including;
Risk assessing suppliers;
RECRUITMENT USING AGENCIES
Mr L’s Online English.com will only use agreed specified reputable recruitment agencies;
Recruitment agencies will be checked to reduce the potential for slavery and human trafficking, and placed on our list of approved agencies. This will be achieved by:
Conducting background checks;
Ensuring supplied staff have the appropriate paperwork;
Ensuring assurances are provided by the agency that the appropriate checks have been made on the supplied person(s);
The list of approved recruitment agencies will be reviewed at least every three years.
All staff will have a written contract of employment and will not be asked to pay any direct or indirect fees to obtain work;
Mr L’s Online English.com will ensure staff are legally able to work in the UK;
Names and addresses of staff will be checked to identify a high number sharing occupancy (often a factor for those being exploited);
Information will be provided to all new recruits on their statutory rights including sick pay, holiday pay, and any other benefits they be entitled to;
Mr L’s Online English.com will follow the Firm's reporting procedure should they suspect someone is being exploited.
There is no typical victim and some victims do not understand they have been exploited and are entitled to help and support. The following list of indicators, which is not exhaustive, could trigger suspicions that someone may be a slavery or trafficking victim. The person:
may not be in possession of their own passport, identification or travel documents;
will allow others to speak for them when spoken to directly;
will be withdrawn or appear frightened;
does not seem to be able to contact friends or family freely;
has limited social interaction or contact with people outside their immediate environment. A person may display a number of the indicators as set out above but they may not necessarily be a victim of slavery or trafficking.
If staff of Mr L’s Online English.com have any concerns, they should raise with Mr Luis Lozano and / or Ms Elizabeth Hunter, co directors of Mr L’s Online English.com. If staff believe the victim may be in immediate danger, staff must dial 999. Please be aware though, that not all victims may want to be helped and there may be instances where reporting a suspected trafficking case puts the potential victim at risk.
Mr L’s Online English.com will provide ongoing general awareness training by means of a PowerPoint presentation. This is accessible to all our colleagues via directors Mr Lozano & Ms Hunter. Mr L’s Online English.com will also provide specialist training to those who are specifically involved in managing recruitment and our supply chains.
Mr L’s Online English.com will monitor our procedures and review the Anti-Slavery policy regularly and at least annually on publication of the Firm's annual statement. We will provide information and (if necessary) training on any changes which are made.