Hiring Temps

Agency Worker Reforms will Stop Small Firms Hiring Temps

A Government plan to give temporary workers the same rights as permanent staff may stop small firms hiring temps, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has warned. The proposals, endorsed by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), would give agency staff equal employment rights after 12 weeks on the job. This means they would receive equal pay and holiday entitlements, as well as the right to regular work breaks. According to the Government, a reform of temporary worker rights is needed as temporary staff are often treated unjustly and need more legal protection. The FSB warned the reforms may make employers reluctant to hire temporary staff, thereby restricting their labour pool. “This is a disastrous deal for small businesses, which rely ... »