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Acas publishes discussion paper on agency workers

Tuesday 28 July 2009

Acas has published its latest policy discussion paper exploring the issues facing agency workers in the workplace.

This follows the Government consultation on proposals to implement the EU's Agency Workers Directive in the UK which closes this month.

The paper looks at the implications of greater regulation for the 1 million plus agency workers in the UK and asks whether our idea of what constitutes a typical or standard working relationship needs to change.

The Acas discussion paper also focuses on:

  • The different types of agency workers and their experiences of working in the UK
  • The government's plans to give agency workers the same 'basic working and employment conditions' as permanent employees after 12 weeks in a given post.
  • The relationship between agency, employer and worker and the challenges this presents. Just who is responsible for protecting the rights of agency workers – the agency or end-user?

Download pdf icon The Agency Workers Directive: a permanent solution to temporary work? [174kb]

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