Employment agencies and employment businesses: record keeping

Employment Agency Inspectorate: prosecutions


The Employment Agency Inspectorate (EAI) can refer cases for prosecution where a person breaches the requirements of the 1981 Order or Conduct Regulations while running an employment agency or employment business.

This can include anyone who:

  • breaches the ban on charging fees to workers
  • fails to comply with any of the conduct regulations
  • makes, causes to be made, or knowingly allows false entries to be made in any record or document that has to be kept under the 1981 Order or Conduct Regulations
  • doesn't comply with a prohibition order without a reasonable excuse

In addition, any person who obstructs an officer in carrying out their duty will be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding £1,000.

Prohibition orders

A prohibition order may either:

  • prevent a person from running an employment agency or business, or any version of these specified in the order
  • impose conditions under which they may be allowed to run an employment agency or business

Read further guidance on the Employment Agency Inspectorate.

  • Employment Agency Inspectorate Helpline
    028 9025 7796
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  • Department for the Economy