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AWR - The Agency Workers Regulations

AWR - The Agency Workers Regulations

Agency workers to get new rights from October 2011

Agency workers will be entitled to new employment rights from 1 October 2011 when new regulations come into force. When on an assignment you will get some of these rights from day one and some after 12 weeks in the same job.

What the new Agency Workers Regulations mean for you the candidate:

The Agency Workers Regulations come into force on 1 October 2011.They will give you an entitlement to the same basic employment and working conditions as if you'd been recruited directly.

The new rules mean that from day one of an assignment you’ll be entitled to use your workplace’s facilities, and get information on job vacancies.

· Agency workers: entitlement to equal treatment - from day one (employment section)

After 12 weeks employment

After 12 weeks in the same job with the same hirer you’ll be entitled to equal treatment in:

· pay

· holidays

· night work

· rest periods/breaks

· duration of working time

The new rules don’t mean that you become a permanent employee of the hirer after 12 weeks.

The regulations are not retrospective (back dated). Any time spent on an assignment before 1 October 2011 will not count towards the 12 week qualifying.

· Agency workers: entitlement to equal treatment after 12 weeks (employment section)

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