London modelling and entertainment agencies under spotlight

Inspectors found 37 separate infringements of the law 12th March 2009: Nine modelling and entertainment agencies in London have been issued with warnings for failing to comply with the law.

This follows an investigation by the Government’s Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate. Of the nine offending agencies, inspectors found 37 separate infringements of the law.

Many of these offences were relatively minor, but the worst practices identified included: charging illegal fees and sub-standard accounting practices.

Employment Relations Minister Pat McFadden said: ""There are some agencies willing to exploit models and entertainers who think they’ve got the X-Factor but don’t know their rights. This behaviour is unacceptable and agencies that flout the law should get their final curtain call.

"The Government has doubled the number of Employment Agency Standards inspectors so that they can get out on the ground and target the rule-breakers."

The Employment Agency Standards team acted in London following reports of improper activity in agencies supplying staff in the modelling and entertainment sectors. Follow up investigations will take place to make sure that the agencies concerned have acted to change their ways. Agencies that continue to disobey the law could be prosecuted, hit hard with fines or even banned from operating for up to 10 years.

People can report employment agencies they suspect of breaking the law by contacting the Employment Agency Standards inspectorate on 0845 955 5105 or emailing [email protected]

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