Changes to Conduct Regulations & Agency Standards Enforcement

It is worth the reminder that there were two related BERR consultations in 2007 on “… measures to protect vulnerable agency workers” and “…National Minimum Wage and Employment Agency Standards Enforcement”. Following responses to the consultations, the proposed legislation was finalised and will take effect in two stages during 2008. The Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2007. These regulations amend the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 (“Conduct Regulations”) and introduce new provisions that are intended to better protect agency workers with effect from 6th April this year. Key changes are: Regulation 5: Where a worker decides to take up services from an agency, for example, accommodation or transport, the worker will be given a right of withdrawal from all services subject to five working days notice, or ten working days for accommodation. Regulation 21: Amendments to procedures when passing information between the client…