Employers urged to review AWR guidelines

Final guidelines have been published for businesses in preparation for the new Agency Workers Regulations (AWR), reports HR Magazine.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skill (BIS) have launched their revised guidance, which was re-edited to ensure clarity over key issues.

Employers are now being urged by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) to review the guidelines and start planning, if they haven’t already, for the changes that the regulations will bring, those looking for temporary jobs in London may be interested to learn.

The regulations come into force on 1 October and mean that contractors, freelancers and temp workers are entitled to treatment that equals permanent employees’ with regard to pay, holiday, notice periods and training, regardless of the type of contract they are employed on.

A survey in May found that awareness of the regulations was at 70 per cent, yet only ten per cent were actively making specific changes ahead of October; the majority of businesses said they were “weighing up their options.”

The Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) say that employers must use the summer to acquaint themselves with the regulations and make necessary adjustments, according to Recruiter.

Commenting about the publication, REC’S head of policy, Gillian Econopouly said: “No guidance document can ever provide all the answers, so what is important now is that agencies work with their clients to assess the likely impact of AWR and put plans in place for October.”

by Elizabeth Smythe on June 7, 2011

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