Not all employment agencies operate legally

Not all employment agencies operate legally
25th Mar 2011

National Minimum Wage (NMW) and Employment Agency Standards (EAS) enforcement officers visited 52 employment agencies in Exeter during January and made a staggering discovery, a majority of the agencies were breach of employment laws.

The Central Office for Information (COI) reported that 17 officers from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC - NMW) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS - EAS) targeted and questioned theagencies based across the city on 25 and 26 January 2011.

In at least nine cases, HMRC officers will carry out further investigations where companies are suspected of not meeting National Minimum Wage regulations. 102 breaches of Employment Agency legislation were identified by EAS officers and will be followed-up.

Michelle Wyer, Assistant Director of National Minimum Wage for HMRC, said:

“Paying the National Minimum Wage isn’t optional, it is a worker’s legal right. It is simply not acceptable for an employer or employment agency to operate outside of the law. We will help employers to understand their responsibilities, but will also relentlessly pursue those who deliberately break the law.”

Europeople’s Managing Director commented:“I am often shocked to discover that organisations claiming to be professional recruitment agencies are operating in illegal and unethical manners. It just proves that you have to be very careful when you are recruiting an agency not to fall foul of its sales spin.”

 

 

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