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Proposed recruitment sector reforms and tackling labour market exploitation

Changes to the regulatory framework including stopping EEA-only recruitment & tackling labour market exploitation

Important information from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

In 2013 the Coalition Government consulted on reforms to recruitment sector legislation.  The Government has today published a consultation on specific proposed changes to the legislation. The consultation also outlines a proposal to ban employment agencies and employment businesses recruiting from other EEA countries without advertising  in Great Britain and In English.IOR Jobs | Recruitment and HR Jobs

1 – Recruitment sector: changes to the regulatory framework including stopping EEA-only recruitment – Consultations – GOV.UK

This consultation seeks views on proposed changes to the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations.

Government intends to keep regulations which provide protection for work-seekers, but remove some business to business regulation and simplify the legislation where possible.

Also proposed is a ban on employment agencies and businesses from recruiting solely from other European Economic Area (EEA) countries without advertising in Great Britain.

The Government has also today published a consultation on Tackling Labour Market Exploitation.

2 – Labour market exploitation: improving enforcement

This consultation seeks views on a range of proposals to improve the effectiveness of the enforcement of employment rights to protect workers from exploitation.

These include:

  • establishing a statutory Director of Labour Market Enforcement
  • creating a new offence of an aggravated breach of labour market legislation
  • increasing intelligence and data sharing between the existing enforcement bodies
  • widening the remit, increasing the powers and changing the name of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority to enable it to deal with serious exploitation

It will be of interest to employers, employees, trade unions and business representative bodies.

Both consultations can be found at the following links:

Labour Market Exploitation

Recruitment Sector Changes

We would encourage recruiters to respond to the consultations.

The Tackling Labour Market Exploitation consultation closes on Monday 9 November.

The Recruitment Sector consultation closes on Monday 23 November.

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