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BIS continues open dialogue with APSCo

BIS continues open dialogue with APSCo on the regulatory future of the staffing sector

The Government’s Department of Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) visited the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) last week to continue discussions on issues currently affecting the recruitment profession.

The recent review into zero-hours contracts is now in its consultation period, and BIS is working towards an outcome that balances the need for flexibility with fairness for vulnerable workers.

Meanwhile, progress is being made on the new draft legislation of the regulatory framework for the recruitment sector. BIS has confirmed changes to the enforcement regime, and draft legislation is due to be published in November.

Finally, the European Commission review of the AWR is scheduled for December 2013, and APSCo has offered to provide member feedback to BIS, with a view to this being used in the review.

Commenting on the meeting, Samantha Hurley, Head of External Relations at APSCo says “We were delighted to welcome BIS to APSCo’s HQ last week to talk about recent developments in regulatory issues affecting the recruitment profession. APSCo members have already helped to shape the future of regulation by consulting on government proposals, and I’m sure that many will be happy to share their thoughts on the AWR. It’s encouraging that BIS sees the value in the expertise and insight that our Members are able to offer. By working closely together we can help to ensure that future regulation addresses the needs of our profession”.

APSCo members will receive a link to a survey to gather their views this week. 

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