Agency Workers to get Employment Rights

Following our newsletter of 16th May 2008 the government has announced that it has agreed a deal with unions and employers that will see agency workers receiving equal treatment as employees. Equal treatment will mean the same entitlement to pay and basic working and employment conditions. The entitlement will arise after 12 weeks “in a given job”. The employers organisation that has “agreed” this deal is the CBI which has commented “There has been a major risk of damaging legislation coming from Brussels, and the CBI has judged that the government’s proposals represent the least worst outcome available for British business. Half of agency assignments will be unaffected as they last less than 12 weeks – protecting businesses’ ability to deal with peaks and troughs in demand and shorter-term staff absences. And while pay is covered, occupational benefits that recognise the long-term relationship permanent staff have with an employer, like…