New rights for temporary workers?

New rights for temporary workers?
Monday, 11 May 2009 18:27

Historically, agency workers haven't had the same rights on pay and conditions as full time permanent workers.

That could all be about to change though. New rules that have been debated by the government, trades unions and employers group have now gone out to consultation.

The EU Agency Workers Directive states that temporary workers will acheive the same employment rights as permanent workers after 12 weeks in a particular employment. There will also be anti-avoidance provisions that prevent employers releasing and rehiring at the 12 week mark.

It is widely expected that this legislation will be approved but it is unlikely to be implemented before December 2012.

Pat McFadden, the employment relations minister, said: “The government is determined to ensure that people get a fair deal at work, including the agency workers who play a vital role in the UK economy.”

Kevin Green, chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), argued that care should be taken to ensure the legislation is workable. The REC has prposed a series of recomendations aimed at inproving the application of the new laws.

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