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10 Rules To Follow To Avoid Being Scammed By Bad Acting Employment Agencies

Have you ever used an employment agency to find work? Here are 10 rule you and other job seekers should follow to protect yourselves from bad acting employment agencies.

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Ask for a description of the offered job in writing. Employment agencies are required to provide this information, and it must include the employer’s name and address, rate of pay, number of hours to be worked, and the total charge for using the employment agency’s services.

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Do not sign anything that you cannot read or understand. Read contracts carefully, and ensure that they cover, in writing, everything you and the employment agency agreed upon before you sign.

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Agencies cannot knowingly refer to you an employer that violates labor laws. For instance, no job should pay below the minimum wage (which for most industries is $8.75 per hour) and must compensate for overtime (1.5 x the regular wage rate after the first 40 hours of work).

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If you aren't employed as a result of an employment agency referral, you have the right to a refund. This is true even if the agency has sent you to three or more jobs. Remember, individuals can file a complaint against and agency and recover money owed regardless of immigration status.

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