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  • BERR on the rampage against rogue agencies – and now called BIS

    It has been announced today by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (formerly BERR) that the government has issued warnings to 18 agencies supplying staff in the West Midlands for failures to comply with the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003. These warnings are part of an intelligence-led campaign by the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate, in collaboration with the Gangmasters Licensing Authority. The Inspectors clearly mean business as they will be following up their investigations in the coming months, and are considering further action in a number of cases.
    Previously, BERR have found it difficult to enforce compliance with the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 (“the Conduct Regulations”) as its inspectors lacked power. However in April 2009 the government increased BERR’s powers of enforcement by allowing inspectors to remove financial records away from the agency’s premises and by reclassifying the offence. Agencies can now be given unlimited fines and directors disqualified from trading for up to 10 years. In light of this, the pressure on agencies to ensure that they are compliant has increased significantly. Recruiterblog welcomes every effort to rid the recruitment industry of cowboys. Not enough people complain about bad and sometimes illegal practice.

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