Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2010 come into force

Implementation date: 1 October 2010

The Regulations amend rules regarding upfront fees for the entertainment industry. They prohibit employment agencies from taking upfront fees from photographic and fashion models. They extend the cooling off-period for upfront fees for certain occupations. They 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 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. The Regulations can be viewed on the OPSI website.