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Directors’ failings force recruitment agency ban

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Directors for a series of HGV recruitment companies have been banned from recruiting for 10 years after an investigation by the Employment Agency Standards (EAS) discovered widespread inaccuracies, highlighting the dangers facing fellow agencies.

The Leeds Employment Tribunal heard how the company, run by four separate directors, breached employment law across a number of areas, following investigation by the EAS.

More than 20 complainants, made up of drivers and hirers, filed grievances against the company. Breaches included:

• failure to keep records;
• withholding payment of wages to drivers;
• failure to issue terms of employment to drivers;
• failure to carry out checks on drivers, such as confirming their identity or that they held the correct driving licences;

• supplying drivers who did not hold the required licences.

The agencies supplied HGV drivers to hirers in Yorkshire and the North of England, trading under various monikers, including Driverwise Recruitability, Driverwise Recruitment, Driverwise/Staffwise, Recruitability, Recruit and Recruit Employment. The companies are now dissolved and the businesses have ceased trading.

Lord Young, Minister for Employment Relations, said: “Rogues like these give the recruitment sector a bad name so I am delighted to see the Tribunal’s decision putting the brakes on their unacceptable behaviour.”

“The EAS will continue to take action against unscrupulous agencies to protect workers and hirers from illegal practices. This case sends out a clear message to the industry that we will act against those agencies that break the law.”

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Written by Andrew Hodges

February 21, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Posted in Comment, LinkedIn

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