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REC response to Conduct Regulations review

REC response to Conduct Regulations review

The REC has given a mixed reaction to the Government's response of the Conduct Regulations consultation published earlier today.

The consultation on the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business Regulations 2003 was launched by the Department for Business in March.

Commenting on the Government's response to the consultation, Tom Hadley, the RECs Director of External Relations says:

"On a positive note, the Government has listened to the industry's calls for unnecessary red tape in areas such as suitability checks to be cut. Outcomes on issues such as licensing and enforcement are also in line with our recommendations and we welcome the news that the opt out for Limited Company Contractors will be maintained.

"The real bone of contention is the 'reasonableness test' for temp to perm feed which the REC has consistently argued against. It is not Government's role to interfere in commercial relationships and there is no evidence that temp to perm fees act as a barrier to full employment. We will continue to push back on this issue."

The proposals outlined in the Government's response includes measures to:

Ban or restrict the practice of the charging of upfront fees for work-seekers by agencies in the modelling or entertainment fields.
Remove the requirement for employment agencies who introduce workers for permanent employment to undertake suitability checks (apart from workers working with people under 18 or other vulnerable groups)
Keep the current opt-out for Limited Company Contractors in place.
keep under review the issue of workers operating through umbrella companies, although there is no substantial evidence of abuse at the moment.
Simplify requirements on agencies with regards to advertising job opportunities.


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