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New law to bring major changes for temporary workers
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 09:01

Many companies still unprepared for Agency Workers Regulation (AWR) as start date looms.

Warnings have been issued to employers to fall in line with new Agency Workers Regulation or face the consequences. The AWR will come into force across the UK on 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 it does not apply to other areas such as company pension schemes, company sick pay, or redundancy.

Be prepared

Carmen Watson, managing director of Pertemps Recruitment Partnership, said: "Thousands of businesses across the country rely on temporary workers due to the cyclical nature of many companies, as they try to service the peaks and troughs of business demands. Despite the widespread usage of temporary workers, there isn’t universal awareness among businesses, which is particularly worrying as the date is fast approaching."

Watson noted that agency workers too should take the time to familiarise themselves with the fine print in legislation and how it will affect them as for example, a break between an assignment of more than 6 weeks will reset the qualification ‘clock’.

"Although some companies aren’t yet comfortable with the legislation, it will introduce added value in a number of areas such as improved retention, increased productivity and job/skills related training on the back of the fact that we will have a workforce that in many cases will be better rewarded and will have increased job security," she concludes.

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