Agents for Change?
Priya Nainthy, Employment Law Partner at Jackamans Solicitors, discusses the issues surround- ing the new Agency Worker Regulations.
Priya Nainthy The Agency
Worker Regulations 2010 came in to force on 1st October 2011. In brief, these Regulations entitle temporary agency workers to receive the same treatment as the permanent employees they are working with in relation to basic employment terms and conditions. There are a large number of agency workers in the UK and so it is envisaged that these Regulations will have a significant impact on both businesses and individuals.
When looking at the Regulations, the first question to ask is who do they apply to? An agency worker is defined as someone supplied by a temporary work agency to work temporarily for the hirer. It is therefore clear that there will be three parties involved: the worker, the agency and the hirer. Only the genuinely self-employed will not be covered.
In order to be entitled to receive equal treatment, an agency worker
must have completed 12 continuous weeks of an assignment in the same role. Once this qualifying period has been completed, the agency worker is entitled to the same basic terms and conditions of working and employment as the permanent employees in relation to pay, duration of working time, length of night work, rest periods, rest breaks and annual leave.
There are also rules on how the quali- fying period can be broken. Where there is a break of more than six cal- endar weeks either during or between assignments then continuity will have been broken and the qualifying peri- od clock will start again. However, if the break is for less than six weeks, then continuity will merely have been suspended. The clock is therefore deemed to have stopped but is not reset. Instead, it simply continues when the assignment restarts.
There has been much publicity about these Regulations. As I said earlier, the UK has a large number of agency workers. It remains to be seen, howev- er, how employers who regularly use agency workers will react to these new measures. Will it be a case of embracing the change and allowing equal rights to accrue or will there be a revolving door after 11 weeks of an assignment?
Priya Nainthy has acted over a num- ber of years for employers involved in a wide range of businesses from small companies to large plc's. He also regularly advises and represents employees. For further information about this article or any of the employment law services provided by Jackamans contact Priya Nainthy on 01473 255591 or at: priya.na
The Eyes Say It All...
They are the first feature you notice and the last you forget. Eyes are probably your most expressive feature too, but the delicate area surrounding them is also one of the most vulnerable.
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