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Agency Workers Regulations - Candidates Guide


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If you're an agency worker and you're not up to speed on what AWR means for you, read on, we have the answers!

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Agency Workers Regulations - Candidates Guide

  1. 1. candidate workers regulations agency guideon 1 october 2011, the agency workers regulations (awr) - designed togive you the right to equal treatment - become law; and the changes couldhave a major impact on your recruitment terms and conditions. in this guide,we help you to understand how the new legalisation stands to affect you, andwhat action you can take if you feel your employer is in breach of the awr.what does ‘equal treatment’ for agency workers which working and employment conditions areactually mean? covered?after 12 weeks in an assignment, an agency worker’s the right to equal treatment only applies to terms andrelevant terms and conditions must be no less favourable conditions relating to working time, holidays and pay, suchthan if the hiring company had recruited them at the same as:time to do the same job; taking into account qualifications, • duration of working timeskills and experience. • overtime and night work • Breaks and rest periodswhat defines an ‘agency worker’? • Holidays and public holiday paythe regulations apply to all agency workers, including those • collective facilitiesemployed through umbrella companies; but exclude workerswho are genuinely self-employed. the regulations do not extend to: • occupational sick payHow does the 12 week qualifying period work? • Maternity/paternity paythe regulations apply once an agency worker has carried out • redundancy and notice pay12 weeks of consecutive work in a particular role, regardless • Payments related to pension entitlementof working pattern (full-time or part-time hours). in general, • some types of bonus not based on individualbreaks between assignments of more than 6 weeks will reset performancethe qualification ‘clock’. a new qualifying period will also • Profit sharing schemesbegin if an agency worker starts a new assignment that’ssubstantially different from the previous one. any time worked • season ticket loans or car allowancesbefore 1 october 2011 will not count towards the qualifyingperiod. what are day one rights?an agency worker taking time off after childbirth will as an agency worker, you will have certain rights that applycontinue to accrue her qualifying period whilst absent from from the first day of your assignment, such as a right of equalwork. However, if she takes off more than 26 weeks, the access to ‘collective facilities’ and amenities, e.g. a canteenassignment will be broken and she will have to start a new or a crèche. you will also have the right to be informed ofqualifying period. any relevant opportunities for permanent employment.
  2. 2. what is the effect of the awr on holiday pay? How do i raise a complaint about equalall workers are legally entitled to a minimum of 28 days treatment?annual leave, inclusive of public holidays. the agency after your 12 week qualifying period has elapsed, you haveworkers regulations allow for payment to be made in lieu the right to request details of how your pay and conditionsof any holiday that is accrued over and above the minimum, have been determined from your recruitment agency. if afterso that you’re not obliged to take the extra time off. 28 days the agency hasn’t responded, you can approach the hiring company for the same information. if you believedo assignments through other recruitment that you are not being treated in line with the terms andagencies at the same hiring company count conditions of the new directive, you can make a claimtowards the 12 week qualifying period? through the employment tribunal - usually within three months of your assignment ending.yes. your consultant should ask you about your recentemployment history to establish whether you are nearing theend of your qualifying period. you also need to make sure this list isn’t exhaustive, so we know that you’re bound tothat you inform your agency of any previous companies that have a few more questions around the agency workersyou’ve been placed with. regulations - you might even be unsure about whether you’ll be affected at all. so to talk to an expert for some individual and personable advice, contact your local branch ofwhat if i’m carrying out a unique role? office workers are sometimes taken on to carry out aone-off project, with no permanent employee carryingout the same job. in the absence of a relevant policy orprecedent, the regulations are unlikely to apply to yourpay. However, if there is a clear policy on annual leave forpermanent employees for example, you would be entitledto equal treatment in that