Corby employment agencies blitz uncovers underpayments of £100,000Posted: June 6, 2013
When I was elected I promised action on Employment Agencies.
After our local summit and pressure on the government, including the delegation that Cllr Tom Beattie, Leader of Corby Borough Council, took to the Department for Business to see the Minister and officials, we have had a breakthrough.
The government authorised a task force from the Employment Agencies Standards team and from HMRC – team of 12 – to spend this week in Corby visiting and investigating all local agencies. This afternoon they came to my constituency office to report the results.
They found multiple breaches of the law on agencies and on the national minimum wage, with unfair deductions of pay for things like transport to work and for personal protective equipment. The next phase is enforcement warnings being issued to the agencies, and then return visits from the taskforce to check compliance.
It must be stated that not all agencies operating in Corby were found to be breaking the law. There are also some excellent local agencies who are helping people find work.
There will be prosecutions if needed. At the same time we are also taking forward our local code of practice. Be warned Agencies, we will not let you get away with ripping off workers in Corby and East Northamptonshire.
If you have experiences of working with Agencies that you want to tell me about, please get in touch.