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Veale Wasborough Vizards , 04 MAY 2016

Regulation of recruitment agencies and overseas recruitment comes into force

Regulation of recruitment agencies and overseas recruitment comes into force
Colin Godfrey
Senior Associate, Veale Wasbrough Vizards

The Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (the Regulations) have been published and are due to come into force on 8 May 2016.


We previously reported on the government's response to the consultation on reforming the regulatory framework for the recruitment sector.

The government has now published the Regulations, which amend the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business Regulations 2003 (the 2003 Regulations).

The changes to the 2003 Regulations mirror those proposed in the consultation. The most significant change is to prohibit employment agencies and employment businesses from recruiting solely from other EEA countries, without advertising in Great Britain and in English.

Best practice

Now that the changes are clear, it is advisable to review your terms of business with work seekers and hirers to identify areas which may require amendment before the changes come into effect on 8 May 2016.

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