Employment Agencies: Fines

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 22nd June 2022.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Future of Work), Shadow Minister (Business and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many (a) investigations have been commenced and (b) fines issued under regulation 7 of The Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 in each year since 2010.

Photo of Paul Scully Paul Scully Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (London)

The Employment Agency Standards (EAS) Inspectorate enforces the requirements of the Conduct Regulations.

EAS has historically received a limited number of complaints about regulation 7. EAS investigates all relevant complaints and takes enforcement action where necessary. It does not have the power to issues fines, which rests with the court.

The table at Annex A shows the number of complaints EAS recoded in relation to regulation 7. This data is locally held management information taken from a live case management system. To date no breaches have been established under regulation 7 and no enforcement action has been taken.

Annex A

Operational year

Number of regulation 7 complaints

2012/2013

2

2013/2014

5

2014/2015

No reported complaints

2015/2016

No reported complaints

2016/2017

No reported complaints

2017/2018

No reported complaints

2018/19

2

2019/2020

No reported complaints

2020/2021

2

2021/2022

3

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