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Publication of new agency regulations to be delayed

According to government sources the new laws for replacing the existing Employment Agencies Act and the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 are now likely to be published in early 2014, say The Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC).

The government originally planned to have draft legislation ready for circulation this Autumn.

The reason for the delay is understood to be that The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (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.

In the meantime BIS has confirmed that it will shortly be publishing individual responses to the consultation, which closed earlier this year. It also intends to make public details of the interim enforcement regime, which will apply until any new legislation comes into force.

Ben Grover, external policy adviser for ARC commented, “The ARC recognised in its response to the consultation earlier this year that legislation could benefit from some updating to ensure that it works for the industry in the 21st century - after all the Employment Agencies Act is 40 years old and the regulations themselves are 10 years old.  

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