Agency Worker’s Regulations

Everyone in the recruitment and payroll industries should have heard about the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) by this stage. They should all be taking this legislation very seriously as it affects the majority of agency workers. It is the next big challenge in the industry and is coming into force in October 2011.

your umbrella has spent a lot of time and money investigating this upcoming legislation to make sure we have a full understanding of it  and the impact  it could have.

Those who are paid by an umbrella company are directly affected by these regulations so users of payroll providers need to be aware of how it will affect them, their business and their contractors. It is also important to know how it will affect agencies and end clients.

In a Nut Shell

The Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) is to ensure that people who work through staffing agencies have the same rights as those who are directly employed by a company. The regulations are based on an EU Directive and will come into effect in October 1st, 2011.

 Agency workers will have some rights from the first day at work:

A qualification period of 12 weeks must be completed after which agency workers will gain additional rights:

We understand that these changes can be daunting, but your umbrella has been discussing the options to deal with AWR with clients to ensure we have a compliant and suitable model ready. We have looked at The Swedish Derogation, The Comparator and the Out of Scope Models and will be able to work with our clients to help them decide which is the best option for them.

By working alongside our agencies, we can have a clear idea of who is affected by the regulations and make sure we have the systems and processes in place to deal with any situation which arises.

If you would like any further information about AWR and how it may affect you and your contractors, please contact your umbrella on 0844 854 5225.