A WARNING has been issued to unregistered employment agencies offering employment opportunities outside the country.
And according to the Labour Minister Jone Usamate one person has been charged in relation to operating an unauthorised employment agency.
He said they were investigating a number of cases in relation to people who were operating unauthorised employment agencies.
Mr Usamate said they were working with the police and immigration department to investigate complaints raised by the public on agencies posing as employment agents that promised locals employment opportunities overseas.
In order to establish an employment agency in the country, he said approval and registration should be sought from his ministry.
"Members of the public have a right to demand for an authorisation certificate from these employment agencies who are advertising the recruitment of Fijians for foreign companies," Mr Usamate said.
"All employment agencies must adhere to the guidelines set out in the Employment Relations (Employment Agencies) Regulation 2008."
Mr Usamate is urging members of the public to seek clarification before engaging the services of foreign employment agencies offering jobs overseas.
Section 23 of the Employment Relations (Employment agencies) Regulations 2008 states that any person who contravenes any provision of these regulations commits an offence, and unless otherwise provided, shall be liable on conviction, for a fine not exceeding $20,000 or to imprisonment not exceeding two years or both.