If your organisation hires temporary or casual
staff through an agency, to cover busy periods, or as an additional
resource on a more frequent basis then you need to know about
the changes to the law.
New regulations give agency workers the entitlement
to the same treatment as other employees with respect to basic
employment and working conditions, after they complete a qualifying
period of 12 weeks in a particular job.
These conditions include the same basic hourly
pay rate, overtime, shift allowances, unsocial hours’ premiums,
payments for difficult or dangerous duties, lunch vouchers, bonuses
for the quality and quantity of work, rest breaks and annual leave
Employment Tribunals can impose fines on employers
found to have breached the new laws or not followed the detail
of the new regulations.
Acas has issued guidance on the Agency Worker
Regulations and what the changes will mean for employers. Please
visit the Acas
website for more information.