Jobs.co.uk reveals that the Agency Workers Directive (AWD) proposal was submitted by the UK government in May 2011 after consultations between unions, government and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Designed to protect vulnerable agency workers, the AWD will give equal pay and employments rights to agency workers after 12 weeks of working for the same client.
The legislation comes into force 1st October 2011 and the document is available to view here. It is not retrospective and for those agency workers already on assignment, the 12 week qualifying period will start from the 1st October 2011. Part-time workers can accumulate the 12 week qualifying period even if they only work a few hours each week.
Agency Workers are already entitled to statutory protections including National Minimum Wage and working time regulations.
Proposed new rights for Agency Workers
From 1st October 2011 workers from day 1 will have the following entitlements:
Access to collective facilities and amenities where available, including;
Canteen or similar facilities
Staff common room or waiting area
Car parking facilities
Food and drinks machine
The list is non-exhaustive and acts as an indication of the types of facilities that may be available.
Access to information on Job Vacancies
From day 1 of an assignment all agency workers will have the right to know how and where to access relevant job vacancies.
More detailed information will be available at www.direct.gov.uk by the end of May 2011.
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