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Agency Worker Regulations updated September 11, 2011

Posted by eddiefitz in News.

The Agency Worker Regulations 2010 come into force on 1 October 2011.

The regulations will give agency workers the entitlement to the same or no less favourable treatment as comparable employees with respect to basic employment and working conditions, if and when they complete a qualifying period of 12 weeks in a particular job.

Full guidance on the Agency Workers Regulations [PDF, 335kb] can be found on the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills website. (Guidance may be subject to change prior to regulations coming into force, please check back regularly for updates.)


Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service site states the following

Temporary and contract workers play an important role in providing flexibility for UK businesses. Employers who use recruitment agencies are responsible for what they do, so they must be sure the agency acts appropriately and in accordance with their equality and diversity policies.

Agency workers are classed as “workers” rather than as employees. All workers, including agency workers, are entitled to certain rights which include:

  • Paid annual leave
  • Rest breaks and limits on working time
  • The National Minimum Wage
  • No unlawful deductions from wages
  • Discrimination rights under the Equality Act 2010
  • Health and safety at work

agency workers have the right, as all workers do in Law, to join a Trade Union.

This site says;

If you are not a member of a trade union it is strongly advised to join. The CWU has a presence within the Carphone and TalkTalk companies, with membership increasing each week.

Being a member of a trade union can and does make a difference when advice and guidence is needed.  See the “Join Union” tab for details.




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