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BIS rejects suggestions of conduct regulations delay

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has rejected suggestions that draft legislation governing the recruitment sector has been delayed.

The government opened its & lsquo;Consultation on reforming the regulatory framework for employment agencies and employment businesses’ in January, with the consultation closing in April and the government publishing its response to the consultation in July.

When that response was published, the government stated that a further short consultation on draft legislation was to be carried out an unspecified time in the future.

However, two recruitment industry organisations indicate that they understood the legislation would be ready this autumn, but is now likely to be circulated next year.

Adrian Marlowe, chairman of the Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC), says that it understood from its conversations with BIS that this should have happened during the autumn, but the organisation believes the new laws “are now likely to be published in early 2014”.

On Monday, the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) said it had been told by BIS that the draft legislation would be published in November, but has since been told by the department that it will in fact happen in the new year, although a spokesperson for APSCo says “we still don’t have a date”.

ARC says in a statement: “The reason for the delay is understood to be that BIS is still considering how best to draft and implement the changes it has in mind taking into account available time to run a new Bill through Parliament.”


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