Husband and wife recruiters of Lincolnshire Recruitment Services Ltd have been banned for a total of 21 years after they exploited agricultural workers.

Inspectors from the Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority ('GLAA') discovered that between July 2017 and September 2018, Simon and Julie Melville failed to make holiday payments to 186 employees, charged employees for safety equipment which should have been supplied free of charge and didn’t provide employees with copies of their contracts.

The husband and wife team didn’t provide clients with formal terms of business, they disclosed employees’ personal details to third parties without consent and allowed employees to transport staff to various sites without proper driving licenses or insurance.

This case highlights the importance of the need to adhere to the GLAA licensing standards.