05-10-2011

No Delaying New Rights for Agency Workers

The effect  is to provide equal treatment for temporary agency workers, compared with permanent workers, in terms of basic working and employment conditions (including pay, holidays, working time, rest periods and maternity leave) once they have worked for the qualifying period of 12 weeks.  Trevor Hughes says: "Some people were calling for a delay to help boost employment prospects. But: no dice. The regulations give agency workers entitlement to the same basic employment and working conditions as if they had been recruited directly, if and when they complete a qualifying period of 12 weeks in the same job.”

Other benefits that agency workers will gain from the first day of their assignment include:

  • information about vacancies so that they have the same opportunity as other workers to find permanent employment;

  • equal access to on-site facilities, such as child care and transport services; and

  • Improved rights to protect the health and safety of new and expectant mothers, including the right to reasonable time off work to attend ante-natal appointments and adjustments to working conditions and working hours.

Trevor comments: “A concern we have is that some employers may have been encouraged by the speculation that there might be a moratorium on the introduction, to simply put the issue on the back-burner, and not consider what the Directive will mean to them. Now they need to get their skates on.”
If you feel you may need advice Banner Jones can advise you on the latest law in this field. Call Trevor Hughes on 01246 560 560 for further information.