Blacklisting regulations now in force
29th March 2010
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Employers can no longer blacklist workers on the basis of trade-union membership or activities, while those who believe they have been discriminated against on these bases can pursue compensation, or take action against those who compile, distribute, or use blacklists.

Announcing the Regulations, employment relations minister, Lord Young, said: “Blacklisting someone because they are a member of a trade union is underhand, unfair and blights people’s lives. The new Regulations outlaw the compilation, dissemination and use of blacklists. They have been designed to build on existing protections in the area, which are found in trade-union and data-protection law. Good employers who operate fair and open vetting processes have nothing to fear from these regulations.


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