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Contract law training 'highlighted by staff poaching loophole'

14 January 2009

Contract law training has been highlighted by a clause which could be open to misuse in the National Health Service's (NHS') terms and condition for non-clinical temporary staff.

Tom Hadley, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation's (REC's) director of external relations, claims the loophole can enable NHS Trusts to "poach" staff from agencies by taking them on as permanent or in-house staff.

He calls on temp firms to be aware of this clause and incorporate it into their decision on whether to sign the contract.

"The REC has made it clear that any clause which could open the door for agency staff being 'poached' could act as a disincentive for agencies to sign up to the contract," Mr Hadley states.

He adds it is a real issue for the organisation's members which he will continue to try and resolve.

A recent report by the National Audit Office has identified contract management training as an area government departments must focus on in the future, as it is not currently a high enough priority.ADNFCR-1303-ID-18973979-ADNFCR

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