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Agency Workers Directive

Agency Workers Directive Delayed until 2011

The Government has bowed to pressure from business groups to delay regulations giving temporary workers the same rights as permanent staff until after the recession is over. The EU Agency Workers Directive was due to be introduced in the UK as early as spring 2010, but the Government has announced that the reforms will now be deferred until October 2011 — the last possible commencement date under EU law. The move follows criticism from business groups that if the reforms were implemented in 2010, they would impose additional red tape costs on firms when they are already struggling to survive the recession. The directive will give temporary personnel the same employment rights as permanent staff after 12 weeks in a job, including pay and holidays. Other new benefits for agency employe... »