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Agency Workers Regulations

July 2011

Client Notes

Impetus for an agreement on the protection of temporary workers (usually referred to as agency workers) initially came from Europe. A draft Directive was proposed in 2002 which was designed to make sure that agency workers were entitled to receive the same "basic working and employment conditions" as a hirer's permanent workers. Agreement on the Agency Workers Directive (the Directive) was finally reached in May 2008.

Consultation about implementation of the Directive in the UK proceeded through 2009. The final version of the Agency Workers Regulations (the Regulations) was laid before Parliament in January 2010, and is due to come into force in October 2011.

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