Latest HR NewsThursday, August 11th, 2011
Do you, might you, employ temporary staff to carry out clerical, telephone, driving, warehouse or other duties? If so, are you fully aware of the requirements of the Agency Workers Regulations that come into force in just a few weeks time? Do you know the penalty for failure to comply with this new law? It can have a severe impact on a struggling organisation. After twelve weeks a temporary worker will become entitled to the same pay and employment conditions as a permanent employee – even if he or she has worked for you for only one day in each of those weeks. Some benefits in fact kick in on the first day of their engagement with you. And of course don’t forget how the Equality Act, which is now in force, will augment these new regulations. Reading a brief summary of this legislation will not be enough to protect you – you need to discuss your situation with an expert. And the best way to do this is to enrol on one of our Employment Law courses. Indeed you may find it useful and highly cost effective for us to come to you with a customised course so that all your managers who might inadvertently drop you in it are properly trained. The cost of training is insignificant compared to the fine you would have to pay for a simple oversight.