The Employment Agency Standards inspectorate has banned four employment agency directors from running a recruitment company following a hearing at Leeds Employment Tribunal. David Allon, Marc Hedley, Sian Pemberton and Angela Roberts breached the law by:
- failing to keep records;
- withholding payment of wages;
- failing to issue terms of employment; &
- failing to carry out required employment checks.
The directors ran agencies supplying HGV drivers to hirers in Yorkshire and the North of England.
The agencies traded under various names, including ‘Driverwise Recruitability’, ‘Driverwise Recruitment’, ‘Driverwise / Staffwise’, Recruitability’, ‘Recruit’ and ‘Recruit Employment’.
The tribunal banned Allon from running or being concerned with the running of an employment agency or employment business for the maximum period of ten years, while Pemberton, Roberts and Hedley received five year bans.
After the verdict, Employment Relations Minister Anthony Young 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 Employment Agency Standards inspectorate 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 who break the law.”
** Additional Information & Advice **
Anyone with a complaint or query about an employment agency or about the law applying to agencies can contact the Employment Agency Standards inspectorate by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the Pay and Work Rights Helpline on 0800 917 2368. Agency workers can also learn more about their rights on FindLaw or by visiting DirectGov.
Alternatively, you may prefer to speak with an employment law solicitor. You can find a solicitor in your area for free via solicitor matching services, which can also help you to understand the best course of action for your situation and whether you are ready to hire a solicitor.
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