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LONDON – The UK government will launch a single enforcement body to protect workers’ rights and clamp down on unscrupulous employment practices. The new watchdog, yet to be named, will be responsible for tackling modern slavery, enforcing the payment of the national minimum wage and protecting agency workers rights.

In the sightlines of the new body, which is yet to be named, will be garment sweatshops in the UK. Last year, online fashion giant Boohoo was criticised after concerns were raised that workers at its Leicester suppliers were being underpaid and not being protected against Covid-19.

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