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Amendments to employment agencies and businesses regulations

Posted on 1st October 2010
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Amendments are being made to the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 from 1 October 2010.

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The amendments extend the cooling off-period for upfront fees for certain occupations (in the entertainment industry). 

The amendments also remove a number of administrative steps that employment agencies are required to take, including:

  • carrying out identity checks for job-seekers (other than those who will be working with vulnerable people);
  • obtaining agreement to terms when they introduce job-seekers for permanent employment (except when they charge a fee for a work-finding service); and
  • agreeing terms with the permanent employer.
Advertisements for jobs will no longer need to include a statement as to whether or not the organisation is acting as an employment agency or employment business but they must state whether a position is temporary or permanent.

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