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Guidance issued on new Agency Worker Regulations

Guidance issued on new Agency Worker Regulations
Thursday, 25 November 2010 14:54

The new rules for Agency Workers will be coming into force in October next year.

In brief, after a 12 week qualifying period, the basic employment terms and conditions of agency workers should be no less favourable than those that would apply if they had been recruited directly.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has offered employers a practical, useful guide to how the new rules will apply.

Mike Emmott, the CIPD's public policy adviser, commented: "Many employers are already reviewing their recruitment strategies so as to take account of the impact of the Agency Workers Regulations."

Mr Emmott said that some employers will carry on using temporary staff supplied by agencies for periods of less than 12 weeks, but will stop using agencies for longer-term assignments. Others will stop using agencies to recruit temporary workers and take staff directly onto their own books instead.

However, the CIPD believe that employers should come to a good understanding of how the regulations will actually work before making any decisions.

Mr Emmott added: "Agency working makes a significant contribution to the UK's flexible labour market and it would be damaging if employers were to make decisions about their recruitment strategies based on misunderstandings around the scale of the impact the regulations are likely to have on their business, or stories about 'gold-plating'.

"Employers should feel reassured that the regulations will not present an unmanageable obstacle to their continued use of agency temps."

The CIPD guide is available here

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