The Government has published its guidance on the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 scheduled to come into effect in October this year.
The new rules implement a European Directive that member states must ensure that Agency Workers receive equal treatment on basic working and employment conditions when compared to the permanent employees and workers of the hiring organisation.
The entitlement to equal treatment takes effect once an agency worker has been supplied to the same hirer for a period of 12 weeks. Various measures have been incorporated into the regulations to prevent unscrupulous agencies and hirers from attempting to avoid their new obligations.
It will be the responsibility of the Temporary Work Agency (TWA) to ensure that their employees and workers are provided with equal treatment. However, organisations using TWAs to supply agency workers should cooperate with the TWA if they wish to maintain the flexibility and benefit provided from the use of agency workers.
The new guidance can be found on the BIS website