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Shamed Directors Named

Shamed Directors Named

The Directors of an HGV recruitment company have been banned from running an employment agency for up to ten years following action taken by the Employment Agency Standards inspectorate (EAS).

The hearing at Leeds Employment Tribunal follows an investigation by the EAS which is part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The Tribunal heard how the businesses run by David Allon, Marc Hedley, Sian Pemberton and Angela Roberts breached the law by:
failing to keep records
withholding payment of wages to drivers
failing to issue terms of employment to drivers
failing to carry out checks on drivers, such as confirming their identity or that they held the correct driving licences and
supplying drivers who did not hold the required licences.

The agencies supplied HGV drivers to hirers in Yorkshire and the North of England and traded under various trade names including Driverwise Recruitability, 'Driverwise Recruitment', Driverwise/Staffwise, Recruitability, 'Recruit' and 'Recruit Employment'. The companies are now dissolved and the businesses have ceased trading.

Both Allon and Hedley were Directors of Driverwise Limited whilst Allon was also a Director of Recruit Employment Limited. Pemberton was a Director of Recruitment Employment Limited and Roberts the Company Secretary.

The Tribunal banned David Allon from running or being concerned with the running of an employment agency or employment business for the maximum period of ten years. Sian Pemberton, Angela Roberts and Marc Hedley, were banned for five years.

Lord Young, the Minister responsible for employment relations, said:
Rogues like these give the recruitment sector a bad name so I am delighted to see the Tribunals decision putting the brakes on their unacceptable behaviour.
The EAS will continue to take action against unscrupulous agencies to protect workers and hirers from illegal practices. This case sends out a clear message to the industry that we will act against those agencies who break the law.
EAS brought this case under the Employment Agencies Act 1973. The misconduct was brought to their attention by a total of 26 complainants, including drivers and hirers.
The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) Operations Director Alex Fiddes said:
"VOSA welcomes this firm action by EAS against irresponsible agencies. In closing them down they have removed a threat to road safety. An unqualified driver in a 44 tonne lorry is an accident waiting to happen."


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