Unpaid Britain: challenges of enforcement and wage recovery

Clark, Nick ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3113-3573 (2020) Unpaid Britain: challenges of enforcement and wage recovery. In: Closing the enforcement gap: improving employment standards protections for people in precarious jobs. Vosko, Leah and Research Group, Closing the Enforcement Gap, eds. Studies in comparative political economy and public policy world rights . University of Toronto Press, Toronto, pp. 201-220. ISBN 9781487506391, pbk-ISBN 9781487524319, e-ISBN 9781487534059, e-ISBN 9781487534042. [Book Section]


As a comparative contribution to a volume dealing with employment rights enforcement (or Employment Standards - ES) in Ontario, this chapter summarises to position in Britain, with particular reference to unpaid wages.

Section one offers an overview of ES in Britain. Setting the context for the enforcement gap, section two surveys recent developments in the British labour market, revealing deepening insecurity among workers. Section three then explores issues surrounding ES enforcement, highlighting key actors and methods involved in the realisation of these rights and entitlements; it emphasises drivers of the enforcement gap including impediments workers face in initiating a complaint, the low recovery of wages due to workers, and a persistent emphasis on soft-law compliance-oriented enforcement strategies. By way of conclusion, the chapter offers suggestions for improved enforcement in Britain.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > Business School
Item ID: 28742
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Depositing User: Nick Clark
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2020 19:03
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2022 09:51
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/28742

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