Employment Agencies Act 1973

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Employment Agencies Act 1973
Long title An Act to regulate employment agencies and businesses; and for connected purposes.
Citation 1973 c. 35
Introduced by Kenneth Lewis
Territorial extent England and Wales, Scotland
Dates
Royal Assent 18 July 1973
Status: Current legislation
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

The Employment Agencies Act 1973 (c.35) is a United Kingdom Act of Parliament and part of a wider body of UK agency worker law. It regulates the conduct of employment agencies which recruit and manage temporary and permanent labour. It applies to approximately 17,000 employment agencies operating in the UK. It was introduced by a private member's bill by Kenneth Lewis, member of parliament for Rutland and Stamford.[1][2]

History[edit]

Introduction[edit]

In its original form, the Act provided for a system of licensing. Each business which wanted to set up an employment agency was required to have a license which would be denied or revoked if set standards (eg no registration fees for workers; no advertising of non-existent jobs) were not followed. The Act came at the same time as similar reforms around Europe, for instance, the German Arbeitnehmerüberlassungsgesetz (Employee Hiring Law of 1972).

Regulations prescribing further detailed rules were implemented in 1976.

Amendments[edit]

In 1994, the Conservative government, in its deregulation drive, abolished the system of licenses with the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994. Instead, enforcement of regulations would rely on the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate.

In 1999 the Employment Relations Act 1999 s.31 with Sch. 7[3] empowering the Secretary of State to make further regulations affecting agencies and their workers.

In 2003 new Regulations were introduced, replacing those from 1976. The Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003[4][5] prohibit the charging of fees, except in a small number of mostly arts related professions (e.g. modelling). The additions made in 2003 were few, primarily relating to confidentiality of information and candidate qualification checks.

Provisions of the Act[edit]

See also[edit]

Historical

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "House of Commons Debates 18 May 1973 vol 856 cc1854-74". Hansard 1803-2005. Parliament of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "House of Lords Debates 08 June 1973 vol 343 cc330-50". Hansard 1803-2005. Parliament of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Employment Relations Act 1999 s.7
  4. ^ Statutory Instrument 2003 No. 3319 The Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003
  5. ^ see DBERR's guidance on the Regulations]

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