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Agency Workers Regulations News

Lawspeed has reported comprehensively on the developments with the Agency Workers Directive, now implemented as the Agency Workers Regulations 2010. The Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC) has also been fighting a campaign in respect of the Agency Workers Regulations for fairer regulations. Below is a collection of the latest articles on this topic. For more information on the Agency Workers Regulations see here, and the actual Regulations can be found here.

  • 16 Mar 2012

    ARC call to resolve agency worker employment status

    Adrian Marlowe, Chairman of the Association of Recruitment Consultancies, launching ARC’s new campaign explained “Agency workers are able to bring claims against hirers for employment rights even though current legal authorities indicate that these rights do not generally exist."

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  • 27 Feb 2012

    A Scandinavian derogation

    For once this is not an article about a derogation of the Swedish variety! Norway’s largest workers’ organisation, The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) has announced that it will not support the implementation of the EU Temporary Agency Workers Directive which intends to offer agency workers more protection and make it easier for employers to hire staff. A national strike was held on 18 January 2012 with over 150,000 workers protesting against the directive’s implementation.

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  • 24 Jan 2012

    ARC welcomes REC U-turn on supply teachers

    The Association of Recruitment Consultancies has welcomed the decision by the REC not to include a prohibition on supply teacher agencies from using the ‘professions’ exemption within the Agency Workers Regulations.

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  • 09 Jan 2012

    AWOL employee on the Swedish Derogation

    With the Agency Workers Regulations in their infancy, we still await the tribunal cases that will address the significant number of unknowns. One area in which the Association of Recruitment Consultancies has pushed for clarification from the department of Business Innovation and Skills is Regulation 10, the ‘Swedish Derogation’.

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  • 09 Jan 2012

    Indemnities

    More and more recruiters are finding themselves forced to sign up to contracts for recruitment services that have been drafted by hirers, often including wide-reaching and sometimes onerous indemnities. With the AWR rights in force, the trend is likely to continue and indemnities are likely to become all the more risky. But not all recruiters are aware of what they are signing up to.

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  • 05 Jan 2012

    Using a Swedish Derogation contract – some considerations

    It is now recognised that this form of contract is no silver bullet to address the obligations on agencies and hirers under the AWR, and in many ways it throws up more questions than it gives certainty. But to those using such contracts, whether voluntarily or at the request of their hirer clients (who are anecdotally the main driver behind its use) there are some important considerations that should be borne in mind.

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  • 05 Jan 2012

    Flexible working and the economy

    In a time of economic struggle where employers are risk adverse; a time of high unemployment and low confidence; there is real opportunity for recruitment companies. Temporary workers may present a solution during difficult times, and having more candidates to choose from may be beneficial to clients. That is of course, unless the traditional pros of using temporary workers become outweighed by the cons.

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  • 04 Jan 2012

    Self employment: solution to the AWR or potential minefield?

    Using self employment as a way of avoiding the application of the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 is fraught with danger.

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  • 16 Dec 2011

    AWR Advent Calender: Myths 10-16

    A myth a day - myths 10-16.

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  • 09 Dec 2011

    Christmas Special AWR Advent Calendar

    9 myths about the AWR for the first 9 days of December

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