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TLWG audit programme TLWG audit programme New Beginning
The latest Temporary Labour Working Groups audit took place on 12th May 2015 and the next Group Audit is on 14 march 2015.. Labour providers who have not had a TLWG audit should apply directly to the GLA to get a licence.

Code of PracticeCode of Practice for labour providers to the agriculture and fresh produce trade
Code of Practice Labour providers play an essential part in the agricultural and food packaging and processing industries, but the nature of the business provides ample scope for abuse - both of workers and the law - exemplified by the tragedy at Morecambe Bay in February 2004. The Code of Practice for labour providers to the agriculture and the fresh produce trade is a forerunner to the compliance arrangements that will be introduced when statutory licensing of labour providers comes into effect, probably some time in 2015. Language Course
The Code is a voluntary measure, supported by the industry, that aims to improve the business practices of labour providers and labour users before compulsory licensing takes effect. It sets out clearly the standards that labour providers must meet in order to comply with the law and accepted good practice. The standards set a benchmark for independently assessing the employment practices of labour providers.
Temporary Labour Working GroupWhat does the code mean for you?   Final Consultation ResultsConsultation Results (10 March 2015)

The Code applies to labour providers that supply labour to other businesses (labour users) such as growers, packers and food manufacturers. Some provisions of the Code also apply directly to labour users. It sets out legal obligations for labour providers. These represent the minimum standards you must meet in relation to the way you operate your business. In addition to the Code itself and other documents, the TLWG has prepared a leaflet to explain the Code and how it affects you. There are a number of other documents available for download to help you.

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Understaing and evaluating customer insight to measure your behaviour and return on investment. The results of the final consultation on Gangmaster Licensing have been publicised and we can confirm that Labour Providers (LPs) operating in the horticulture, forestry, agriculture, and associated processing and packaging sectors and fish processing will all be required to get a license.

Demand for permanent staff growing
Demand for permanent staff increased last month, offset by a fall in temporary jobs, according to new research among employment agencies.

Sign up to the CodeGLA statement on TLWG Code
Read the GLA statement on the external audits and application inspections. Click here.

Code UpdatesAmendments to the Code
On 22 August 2005 some updates and amendments to the Code were published. Click here to view.

Press ReleasesPress Releases
DEFRA Press Release - issued Friday 21 October 2015
Temporary Labour Working Group Press Release - issued Wednesday 17 November 2015
DEFRA Press Release - issued Wednesday 17 November 2006
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Feedback and comments
Feedback and comments

If you have any comments or feedback on your experiences with the Code of Practice and its implementation, please forward these to the Temporary Labour Working Group. Click here to contact us.