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Rec sets up commission

17 Jun 2008

Rec sets up commission The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (Rec) has set up an Agency Work Commission to make sure new European Union regulations do not have a negative impact on the UK industry.

According to the Rec, despite the policy not coming into force until 2010 at the earliest, it wants to ensure the provisions are workable and maintain conditions for a flexible implementation nationwide.

Students who support themselves during their time at university through agency work could be interested to hear the body is making plans to ensure the temporary sector is not "suffocated" by the new rules.

Kevin Green, Rec chief executive, said: "The agency work debate has been heavily politicised and it is now time to focus on the practical details of what equal treatment provisions might look like so that it meets the need of workers as well as employers."

He added it was "crucial" these details were right in order to maintain the "dynamism" of the country's agency work market.

The government originally debated holding a commission last April.

Rec says the commission will focus on a number of key areas including: the scope of equal treatment; alternative dispute resolutions; the need to exempt certain contractors; and workplace agreements that would deviate from the regulations.

It claims to represent more than 8,000 recruitment agencies as the trade body of the recruitment industry, which is responsible for more than 2 million workers.

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