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Employment Bill attempts to crack down on underpaying employers

Published: Monday, 10 December 2007   Category: Life after graduation

The government today published its Employment Bill, which highlights the need to punish agencies and employers who are not complying with employment laws.

New powers will be given to the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate as part of the bill.

Tom Hadley, director of external relations at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), said: "We welcome this Bill as it aims to crack down on those employers and agencies that are breaking the rules. REC members abide by our Code of Professional Practice as well as the law. It is not right for them to be undercut by agencies that are cutting corners and mistreating workers."

The bill aims to punish employers who do not pay their employees minimum wage more harshly.

The REC is a trade body that represents the recruitment industry. It has over 8,000 recruitment agencies as members and claims to be the recruitment's biggest lobbying voice.

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