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Norway – Adecco accused of providing illegal security services

06 December 2012

Local media in Norway report that Adecco, the world’s largest staffing company faces charges of NOK 100,000 (€13,600) for providing illegal guarding and security services.

“Adecco was revealed in spring 2012 to have provided guarding services even though three years prior it had had its licence for such services withdrawn by the police. Adecco however, argues it is not a case of guarding services but of more advanced reception work,” writes Esmerk Norwegian News.

The newspaper DN.no publicized in March 2012 that the staffing firm had provided security services for over three years without, allegedly, having the permission to do so. The firm had previously been given police permission to engage in such activities. Adecco initially denied any wrongdoing.

After an investigation, the company has now been charged thousands in fines by the police for “violating law on security activities.”

It has not yet been reported whether Adecco will have to pay the fine and whether a court might decide in favour of the firm. The recruiter is expected to give a statement in the coming days. 

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