Employment bodies must continue to work with the government to ensure the implementation of the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) goes as smoothly as possible, it has been claimed.
From October 2011, the AWR will ensure that temporary workers gain access to the same pay and benefits as permanent staff once they have spent 12 weeks on a single placement.
Lewina Farrell, head of legal and professional services at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), said her organisation’s main priority over the coming months is to work with recruiters to ensure that the necessary systems in place.
“Getting the guidance right will play an important role in ensuring that the regulations are workable,” she stated.
“The REC will continue to ensure that the ongoing feedback from members is reflected in the final guidance document.”
She said the confederation is pushing for practical examples to be included in the guidance, along with prescriptive lists, helping agencies and employers to understand their responsibilities.