This Code of Conduct has been agreed between the Department for Employment and Learning, nijobfinder.co.uk, NIJobs.com and recruitni.com. Following discussions with various stakeholders, this version of the Code now updates and replaces the 2010 version, in order to reflect issues raised; in particular, the posting of jobs which are not currently available.
The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to ensure that all advertisements placed by Northern Ireland-based employment agencies and employment businesses on online job-boards that have signed up to the Code, comply with legal requirements and do not mislead work-seekers or misrepresent hirers.
Employment agencies and employment businesses which register and/or advertise on online job-boards must, to the satisfaction of the Department for Employment and Learning, comply with all provisions of the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 and the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005 (“the Conduct Regulations”). Information and clarification on this legislation can be obtained from the Department for Employment and Learning.
Employment agencies and employment businesses which advertise on online job-boards must ensure that:
nijobfinder.co.uk, NIJobs.com and recruitni.com have changed the terms and conditions of use of their websites to state that all employment agencies and employment businesses advertising on those websites must comply with this Code of Conduct.
If an online job-board suspects, or receives information, that an employment agency or employment business is in breach of relevant legislation or this Code of Conduct, the job-board will investigate as far as is reasonably practical. Where a breach of either the relevant legislation or this Code of Conduct is confirmed, then the job-board will remove these positions and may, without prejudice, suspend the employment agency or employment business account for a period of 3 months, or upon a repeat offence terminate the advertiser’s contract. Where the job-board is unable to satisfactorily conclude whether there is a breach, then a formal complaint will be referred to the Department for Employment and Learning. The Department has powers to enter and inspect any Northern Ireland-based employment agency or employment business and to prosecute and/or apply to an Industrial Tribunal to prohibit any non-complaint employment agency or employment business.
The Department for Employment and Learning, nijobfinder.co.uk, NIJobs.com and recruitni.com will, where appropriate, regularly share information to assist in the administration and enforcement of this Code of Conduct.
The operation of this Code of Conduct will be reviewed by the Department for Employment and Learning, nijobfinder.co.uk, nijobs.com and recruitni.com within twelve months of the date of issue.
For further details on employment agency regulation or information on this Code of Conduct
Employment Relations Policy and Legislation Branch
Department for Employment and Learning
34-49 Adelaide Street
Telephone: 028 9025 7554
Fax: 028 9025 7555
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