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Agency Workers Regulations

With the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) due to come into force shortly, Croner is urging businesses that rely on agency workers to consider the impact this will have on their company.

 

The new law requires employers to give agency workers the same basic rights as full-time employees after twelve weeks. If employers fail to comply, they can leave themselves open to employment tribunal claims.

 

The advice comes after Croner found that too few employers are seeking legal advice on the subject.

 

Liz Iles, Senior Employment Consultant at Croner explains:

 

"The comparative silence is a cause of concern. Analysis of our call data reveals that less than 1% of incoming calls over the last 12 months have asked about the new regulations. Bearing in mind that we had over 200,000 calls to our employment advice lines in the last year this is worrying. It means a large proportion of businesses that use agency workers are very probably ill-prepared for the 1st October deadline."

 

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