The Agency Worker Regulations 2010
The Agency Worker Regulations 2010 came into force on Saturday 1 October 2011 providing the following new agency worker rights:
- Day 1 rights: All agency workers are now entitled to the following from day 1 of their assignment:
o access to “collective facilities and amenities” of the hirer;
o and access to information about the employment vacancies of the hirer.
- 12 weeks rights: Following completion of a 12 week qualifying period, agency workers will become entitled to the same or no less favourable “basic working conditions” as comparable permanent staff.
New powers have been given to Employment Tribunals including the option of imposing a fine of up to £5,000 per agency worker if the employer is deliberately avoiding the new regulations. This includes re-hiring workers before the expiry of 12 weeks.
Companies that hire or supply agency workers should now be working within the new regulations and should contact MLP’s employment team if they have any queries on 0845 0738 445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org