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GOVERNMENT PURGE ON PLYMOUTHS ROGUE RECRUITERS

GOVERNMENT PURGE ON PLYMOUTHS ROGUE RECRUITERS

Twelve employment agencies in Plymouth have been issued with warnings for failing to comply with the law.
The warnings follow an investigation in Plymouth by the Governments Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate. Investigators found that 12 agencies in Plymouth were breaking employment regulations. Between these twelve agencies, inspectors found 68 infringements of the law. Many of these offences were relatively minor, however the worst practices identified included: failing to inform workers sufficiently about the type work they would be doing agencies failing to confirm the identities of staff they were planning to supply to employers risking workers safety by failing to ensure their awareness of health and safety issues relevant to their assignments.
Employment Minister Pat McFadden said: There should be no hiding place for employment agencies that exploit workers and flout the law.
The Government has doubled the number of Employment Agency Standards inspectors so that they can get out on the ground in places like Plymouth and target the rule-breakers.
Follow up investigations will take place in Plymouth to make sure that the agencies concerned have changed their ways. Agencies that continue to flout the law could be prosecuted, hit hard with fines or even banned from operating for up to 10 years.
The Employment Agency Standards team acted in Plymouth following reports of improper activity in agencies supplying a diverse range of staff - from industrial workers and construction workers, to models and entertainers. The Department for Business has also launched a campaign to raise awareness of the Employment Agency Standards inspectorate, particularly among vulnerable agency workers.

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