GPC to tackle employment issues

LEAF, the Local Employment Agencies Forum created last month to voice concern over proposed changes to employment law, has appointed GPC.

LEAF, the Local Employment Agencies Forum created last month to

voice concern over proposed changes to employment law, has appointed

GPC.



In July the DTI proposed changes to tighten up employment laws, in

particular to scrutinise the procedure in which temporary agency workers

become full-time staff, which results in a finder’s fee for the

agency.



GPC was hired without a pitch as a result of director Claire Weaver’s

involvement in advising the forum. LEAF represents 14 independent

employment agencies in London and the South of England.



GPC and LEAF will argue that the government proposals would drastically

affect independent employment agencies’ business and discriminate

against the long-term unemployed and young mothers returning to

work.



’The Government is trying to make sure that temporary workers are fully

protected and that cowboy agencies are eliminated but in its current

form the legislation is inflexible for small operators,’ said

Weaver.



The deadline to respond to the consultation document is next month.

Between now and then, GPC will meet with MPs, opinion-formers and DTI

officials to make them aware of the industry concerns.



The appointment of GPC is currently on a project basis, but LEAF is

expected to continue after September to combat future employment law

issues and GPC is then expected to be appointed on a retainer basis.



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