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Court case puts focus on industry standards, says REC

Court case puts focus on industry standards, says REC

The REC has re-emphasised the need for recruiters to operate to the letter of the law after a court action instigated by the Employment Agency Standards (EAS) inspectorate resulted in four agency directors being banned for up ten years from running a recruitment business.

The four who ran a HGV recruitment company were found to have been in breach of the law on five counts including failing to keep records and supplying drivers who were not holders of the required licences.

Commenting on the findings, Fola Tayo, the RECs Head of Professional Standards said:

Legitimate, law abiding agencies will applaud the fact that the minority of providers who routinely flout regulations are being held to account. Overall, we are making huge progress in raising the bar on professional standards through specific initiatives such as REC Audited and the Serious about Standards campaign. This case is useful reminder of the need for recruitment agencies to be fully aware of their regulatory obligations and to strive for the highest levels of compliance.

The RECs Professional Standards team will be working with the EAS over the coming year to exchange views and feedback. The REC supports the overall aims of the better enforcement campaign and is committed to providing agencies with practical compliance tools such as mentoring, audits and training.

The REC is also leading a pro-active client awareness campaign to ensure that good practice is recognised through the supply chain.

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