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Improved rights for agency workers

Improved rights for agency workers

Category: Money

Updated: 30/09/2011
First Published: 30/09/2011

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Agency workers are set to benefit from improved rights and privileges from tomorrow.

It is estimated that there are around 1.4 million agency workers in the UK .

Under rules sanctioned by the European Union, temporary workers will be entitled to use facilities such as a crèche, canteens or transport links from the first day of their employment.

They will also be informed of any vacancies at the company and will be allowed to apply for the roles.

And the new rules will mean that after they complete a 12 week stint at a company, they will be afforded many of the same benefits enjoyed by full-time staff.

They will include pay such as bonuses or commissions, overtime, holiday pay, shift allowances and can expect equivalent working conditions to permanent workers.

There have been fears that companies could try to side-step the new rules by ending temporary contracts after an 11 week period.

A company cannot re-hire a temporary worker for six weeks after they initially leave.

Firms that are found to be regularly dispensing with temporary workers after an 11 week period have been warned they could be hit with fines.

However, these new benefits will not be extended to occupational sick pay, redundancy packages and health cover.

The regulations will not cover genuinely self-employed workers, individuals working through their own limited companies or those working on managed service contracts.

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