New consultation on amendments to Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 (the “Conduct Regulations”)

On 13 October 2015, the government launched a new consultation with a view to de-regulating the Conduct Regulations. The coalition government had previously consulted on re-writing the legislation impacting on recruitment agencies and employment businesses. However, the government is now proposing simply to reduce some of the administrative burden imposed on recruiters under the Conduct Regulations but at the same time to make it harder to recruit overseas workers into jobs in Great Britain.

The key changes proposed are as follows:

The consultation is open until 23 November 2015. The government’s response to the consultation is expected to be published by 15 February 2016.

Separately, the government is also consulting on establishing a new Director of Labour Market Enforcement, which will be tasked with tackling the exploitation of workers. This is mainly in response to criminal gangs and issues around slave labour, but we do not yet as know what impact (if any) this will have on the enforcement of regulations on employment businesses and recruitment agencies. It is likely that, at least at the outset, the Director will be focussed on more extreme cases of labour exploitation.

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