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New Slavery and Human Trafficking Statements: Coming into Force Today

The new obligation on commercial organisations over a certain size to publish a slavery and human trafficking statement has come into force today.

There will, however, be transitional provisions to allow affected businesses sufficient time to understand the new requirements and produce a statement.

  • Businesses with a year-end date on or after 31 March 2016 will be the first businesses required to publish a statement for their 2015-16 financial year.

  • Businesses with a year-end date on or before 30 March 2016 will not be required to publish a statement for the 2015-2016 financial year of the organisation. So, for example, a business with a financial year end of 31 December 2015 will have to produce its first statement for the financial year ending 31 December 2016.

The Act does not set a time limit for when a statement must be published, but the Government has indicated that it expects businesses to publish their statements “as soon as reasonably practicable” after the end of the financial year and in all cases no later than six months after the year end.

As promised, the Government has also published a practical guide for affected businesses which includes further details on which businesses will be affected and “guidance” on the information that could be included in a slavery and human trafficking statement.

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Sarah K. Rathke, Squire Patton Boggs, Manufacturing Litigation
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Sarah Rathke is a trial lawyer specializing in manufacturing litigation, particularly complex supply chain disputes. She has argued and tried cases on behalf of manufacturers in forums throughout the US. Her clients include foreign, domestic, and multinational manufacturing entities. Her skills include a deep understanding of the process of bringing highly engineered products to market and conveying that understanding to judges and juries.

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Dynda Thomas has extensive experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and project finance. She has had principal responsibility for numerous mergers, acquisitions and dispositions for public and private companies in a wide range of sell-side and buy-side auctions and negotiated transactions.

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Simon Garbett is a partner working out of our Birmingham and London offices and is head of the Litigation team in Birmingham. Simon’s practice is global in scope and includes both public and private sector clients. Areas of key focus are cross-border disputes, manufacturing, supply chain and product liability issues (particularly in the aerospace, automotive and industrial products sectors), as well as a broad range of financial services litigation, including for banks, brokers, insurers and pensions clients. Simon is a qualified Solicitor Advocate.

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Caroline Noblet co-chairs our Labor & Employment Practice Group and is based in our London office. Caroline has more than 25 years of experience as an employment lawyer, advising companies in the FTSE 350 and those on the international stage. She leads a team of more than 155 employment and immigration lawyers based in our offices across the world. She is passionate about the benefits of a “one-stop shop” proposition, as the team works with global clients on a local and multi-jurisdictional basis, bringing the best in class service in a time and cost efficient way. With a constant...

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Hannah leads our Corporate Practice in Leeds and has a wide range of experience advising both public and private companies on mergers and acquisitions, fundraisings, takeovers, restructurings and reorganisations.

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