The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has been given the green light to implement its soon-to-be launched new compliance regime.
The new regime, due to be launched in July, features an online assessment, covering the Conduct Regulations and the REC’s code of ethics and professional conduct.
The REC’s new compliance initiative includes:
- refusal of membership if a member company fails the test three times
- refusal of membership if a member refuses to do the test
- compulsory inspection of members, for example, where they perform poorly in the test – this is currently voluntary
Acknowledging that the badge was central to why many corporate members joined the REC, Kevin Green, chief executive of the REC, told last week’s AGM: “The badge needs to have more teeth.”
Aspiring corporate members must pass the test within a six-month period, during which time they are allowed three attempts. Existing REC members will need to pass the test every two years to renew their membership – eventually this will be every year. The test takes between 40 minutes and an hour, and can be taken by an individual on behalf of their company.
Green said the new compliance regime helps the REC “to identify where we need to focus our resources”.
For the new compliance regime to take effect, Green said that changes to the REC’s articles of association were necessary. In a show of hands at the AGM, the changes were voted through unanimously.