Agency Worker Regulations

Many Businesses Still Unprepared for Agency Worker Regulations

New law to bring about major changes for temporary workers as start date looms Warnings have been issued to employers to fall in line with the new Agency Worker Directive and Regulations or face the consequences. The AWR will come into force across the UK on the 1st October and will change the way businesses introduce new staff on a short term basis. Under the new regulations temporary agency workers will, after 12 weeks of working on an assignment, be eligible for equal treatment and have the right to the same basic working and employment conditions as if they had been recruited directly by the hiring company. Equal treatment applies to various terms and conditions including those relating to pay, working hours, overtime, holidays, rest periods, access to vacancies and to other facilities... »

Agency Worker Regulations: 6 Weeks to Prepare

Employers have less than six weeks left to prepare for new laws which will give temporary workers the same employment rights as permanent staff, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has warned. The Agency Worker Regulations come into force on the 1st October and will give agency workers who have been in the same role as comparable employees for at least 12 weeks the same basic pay and benefits as permanent employees, including holiday entitlement and on-site facilities such as childcare. A six-week break period is required to reset the 12-week qualifying period. Mike Emmott, policy adviser at the CIPD, warned businesses to prepare now or risk potential discrimination claims from temporary staff. “Firms should look at whether they use agency staff... »

Agency Worker Regulations Costly for SMEs

The Government’s decision to introduce the Agency Workers Directive without amendments next October will be costly for small firms – both in red tape and financially, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has warned. The Agency Workers Regulations will give agency workers who have been in the same role as comparable employees for at least 12 weeks the same terms and conditions, including pay and holidays. Business groups had proposed the regulations were amended to reduce their complexity and the amount of red tape involved for employers. However, the Government has overruled the proposals. As a result from next October, employers will have to keep records of how long they have employed agency workers, to ensure they comply with new laws giving temps many of the same employment right... »