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APSCo launches legal helpline for members

Members to receive free expert legal advice on employment issues

Members of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) will be able to receive free legal advice on day-to-day employment and regulatory issues affecting staffing companies from leading employment law firm Osborne Clarke, from Monday February 1st 2010.

Osborne Clarke will be providing a telephone helpline to give APSCo members guidance on a range of recruitment and employment issues. While most lawyers have some experience of dealing with general employment issues, the Osborne Clarke team has over 50 employment law specialists including the renowned recruitment industry experts Kevin Barrow and Frances Lewis, both of whom are recognised authorities on the Conduct Regulations and Agency Workers Directive.

This will make the APSCo helpline the largest and most authoritative legal helpline in the recruitment industry.

The helpline will provide advice on recruitment sector specific regulation and legal issues between recruiters and end users as well as a range of employment-related topics, including: grievances, disciplinary issues, dismissals and termination of employment, harassment and bullying.

APSCo members will also receive free regular employment law updates by e-mail, keeping them up-to-date on the latest regulatory developments.

Marilyn Davidson, Director of APSCo, comments: “The legal helpline will be an excellent resource for APSCo members, providing them with free advice from the market-leaders at Osborne Clarke.”

“A lot of legal issues demand urgent action and can be resolved with a quick 20 minute phone call. This helpline will provide a significant cost-saving for APSCo members.”

The Legal Helpline will supplement APSCo’s existing portfolio of legal services, which includes the Contract Review and the Model Contracts and Terms of Business services.

The Contract Review service provides APSCo members with a facility to have client contracts checked on a highly cost-effective basis. Model Contracts and Terms of Business are available for APSCo members to download free of charge, and can be tailored to suit specific requirements. Both services are offered through Hendons LLP, the specialist legal advisers to the recruitment industry.