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The United Kingdom's Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate issued warnings to seven employment agencies in Glasgow, Scotland, after inspectors found 30 violations. The agency said many of the violations were minor, but the most serious included: failing to issue terms and conditions to worker and employers, withholding pay from workers and improper accounting practices.
"The recession must not be an excuse for denying people their employment rights," Employment Minister Pat McFadden said. "The government has doubled the number of Employment Agency Standards inspectors so that they can get out on the ground in places like Glasgow and target the rule-breakers."
Names of the firms receiving warnings were not released.
Firms that continue to violate the law could be prosecuted and face fines or be banned from operating for up to 10 years.