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Amendments made to Agency Workers Regulations

BY Ian Watson
Employment law
BG Purple

The Government has published amendments to the Agency Workers Regulations 2010, correcting drafting errors contained in earlier versions.

Under the Regulations, which come into force on 1 October 2011, agency workers will be entitled to the same basic employment and working conditions as permanent staff after 12 weeks in the role. 

As well as pay and holidays, this also includes the right to use collective facilities, such as canteens and childcare facilities, and to receive details of permanent vacancies in the organisation from the first day of their appointment. 

Errors that were pointed out in earlier drafts of the Regulations related to

  • the definition of agency workers,
  • "Swedish derogation" (about workers employed on permanent contracts between agency assignments)
  • the defence available to agencies in relation to a breach of the equal treatment provisions.

Find out more about these new provisions and many other practical issues around employing agency workers at our forthcoming 90 minute seminars “Worried about employing agency workers?”. 

Details of all these sessions in Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow can be found here.

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