The Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) came into force on October 2011 governed by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).
The guidelines state that all temporary workers have rights from day one, and additional rights after 12 weeks in the same job role for the same client.
- From day one rights include: Access to collective facilities like canteens, childcare, and car parking.
- Rights from week 12 include: Equal pay and access to overtime as other members of staff working in the same roles (even if these staff are employed directly by the business).
All businesses which employ temporary staff must adhere to the guidelines, including businesses which use recruitment agencies to supply their temporary staff. Many recruitment agencies are not always upfront and honest about this with their clients, therefore leaving them vulnerable and could incur hefty fines for their businesses if they do not comply with the guidelines.
We have sought top legal advice on the regulations through our relationship with national recruitment agency, Jark plc and have therefore invested heavily into a number of solutions that we can offer to our clients to support these guidelines. We can monitor our workers for the 12 week qualifying period using a specialist software package which ensures our clients are notified when they become eligible.
All of our staff are fully trained on the AWR and unlike many other recruiters in the area we know the regulations inside-out.
Contact us to arrange a free consultation to discuss a business solution which is compliant with the AWR and your business needs.