The Employment Practices Bill 2014-15 has been published in draft. The bill has been little publicised and has been introduced in an attempt to tackle the potential exploitation of migrant workers but applies to all employers and workers.
The main provision of the Bill relates to employers who offer an employee residential accommodation as part of their employment package. Employers must offer a financial payment as an alternative to the accommodation unless the accommodation is deemed to be a necessary requirement of the employment. The payment will reflect the cost of bed and breakfast accommodation in the area where the employee works and will be on a prescribed scale with regional variations. The employee can then either take the financial payment or the accommodation.