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. The threat of this kind of action is of concern to both hirers and agencies alike, and claims lead to unnecessary cost and damage commercial relationships. This can easily be put to bed.”

ARC proposes an amendment to legislation to rule out a potential employment status claim against a hirer by an agency worker and has written to Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business outlining its ideas.

Marlowe concluded “The recruitment supply industry has recently been clobbered by the Agency Workers Regulations. We would therefore welcome some support for the industry in the form of clarity over this long and vexing issue once and for all”.

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