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APSCo wins opt-out for conduct regulations replacement

APSCo wins opt-out for conduct regulations replacement

Following months of lobbing the Government’s Department of Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) on the consultation on reforming the regulatory framework for the recruitment sector, APSCo has succeeded in securing an opt-out for limited company contractors.

Thanks to APSCo’s influence, the Government will retain a provision for individuals who are limited company contractors to opt out of the regulations and engage with recruitment firms, in a business to business relationship.  APSCo CEO, Ann Swain says “I’m thrilled that the months of hard work by Sam Hurley on behalf of APSCo has paid off, with this excellent result.  Without this effort by Sam and our members working closely with BIS it is very likely that there would be no opt-out, as was the Government’s intention going into the consultation.”

Addressing concerns APSCo has raised surrounding burdening businesses with over-regulation, BIS’s response to the consultation limits the need for clarity on who is responsible for paying the temporary worker to situations where more than one intermediary is involved in the supply to the client, and encouragingly, also confirms that they do not intend to make it compulsory for recruitment firms to publish information about their business.

Samantha Hurley, Head of External Relations at APSCo says “I am delighted that BIS has taken on board the concerns of our members who took the time to respond to the consultation.

“While we appreciate that the proposal to replace the current legislation with a new regulatory framework is designed to protect vulnerable people who are looking for work, the fact that professional contractors are able to opt-out of the regulations is a huge win for APSCo.  We’ll need to wait to see the draft legislation later this year, but I am hugely encouraged by BIS’s willingness to take APSCo’s concerns on board.”

“I’d like to thank APSCo members for their overwhelming response to the consultation. By engaging directly with BIS, they have succeeded in improving future regulation in their industry.”

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