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Agency law reforms

14 February 2013

The Department for Business is consulting on plans to reform the regulatory framework for employment agencies and employment businesses. The consultation document proposes new legislation to scale back the number of Regulations that currently govern the sector, enabling individuals to enforce their rights under the Conduct Regulations at Employment Tribunals and reviewing the definition of ‘employment agency’.

The new legislation would continue to ban agencies from charging fees to work-seekers but the consultation does ask if the current ability for agencies in the modelling and entertainment sector to charge fees for other services, such as including information about the work seeker in publications and on websites, should be extended to other sectors.

Equity’s Walk-On Committee and the Low Pay No Pay & Rights Working Party will be providing views and evidence to Equity’s response to the proposals. Individuals are also able to submit their own personal responses. The consultation runs until 11th April and all documents can be found below:

Department for Business consultation

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