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March 2, 2011

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Businesses unprimed for agency-worker changes

Just 7 per cent of UK employers have assessed how they will be affected by the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR), suggests research by recruitment and HR services company, Randstad.

The AWR come into force on 1 October and will ensure that agency workers receive the right to the same basic employment terms and conditions as those in an equivalent, directly-recruited permanent role. Some rights will apply from day one, such as having the same access to facilities and job vacancies. Other rights, such as pay and some benefits, will apply after the agency worker has been in the same job for 12 weeks.

More than a third (37 per cent) of the 541 organisations that responded to an online poll conducted by Randstad conceded that they are unfamiliar with the Regulations.€

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