Agency Workers Regulations October 2011

Agency Workers Regulations October 2011
13th May 2011

The government has published the final guidance to help employers and the recruitment sector prepare for the introduction of the Agency Workers Regulations in October.

A spokesman for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills told Recruiter this morning that 'nothing substantial' had been changed from the draft guidance published about a month ago. He said that the tweaks which had occurred had been primarily around fine-tuning the wording.

Employment Relations Minister Edward Davey said in a prepared statement: "We looked carefully at the possibility of amending the Regulations to address employers' concerns but were forced to conclude that we could not do so without putting the 12-week qualifying period at risk. This qualification period is something that is a key flexibility that we know is vital to business.

"Our focus therefore has been providing the best possible guidance to help everyone affected understand these regulations. I believe the resulting document will help prepare everyone for the forthcoming changes."

The Agency Workers Regulations Guidance can be found at:


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