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Government must enforce effective regulation that covers all players in the recruitment market


Following this morning’s publication by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills of its official response to the ‘Reforming the regulatory framework for the recruitment sector’ consultation, Director of Policy at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) Tom Hadley says:

“The government must listen to sense on the need for key enforcement mechanisms to be maintained. There was a real risk that the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate (EAS) would be disbanded altogether with a focus on tribunals as a means of redress.

It is good news that is being retained, but the fact that resource is being downscaled and responsibilities split between departments raises concerns about how effective it can be. Businesses cannot bring employment tribunals, and where an unscrupulous agency has failed to comply with the rules, they should be named, shamed and thrown out of our industry.