Gearing up for the Agency Workers Regulations

A Practical Workshop

These popular Agency Worker workshops are updated to include the revised guidance from The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). They will explain the new law and help your company to plan strategically on how it will affect your use of agency workers

Who Should Attend?

  • HR Managers
  • HR Directors and
  • others responsible for engaging agency workers

No prior knowledge of the Agency Worker Regulations is needed.

If you attended the EEF National Workshop, Gearing up for the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 in February or already have a good knowledge of the contents of the Regulations, you may prefer to attend our short update workshop, Agency Worker Regulations 2010 - Filling in the Gaps.

Why Attend?

The Agency Workers Regulations 2010, which come into force on 1 October 2011, give agency workers new entitlements to equal treatment with directly employed workers.

Our workshops, updated to include the revised guidance from The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) will explain the new law and help your company to plan strategically for how it will affect your use of agency workers.

During the course of the day, you will complete an impact assessment form to help you identify where your own business may face challenges – and what you can do to reduce the impact of the Regulations.

  • Understand the key provisions of the Regulations
  • Conduct an audit of the way in which you currently use agency workers and identify the ways in which the Regulations will impact on your particular business;
  • Plan strategically how it will affect your use of agency workers – will you continue to use agency workers at all, ensure you do not use them for more than 12 weeks, or continue to use them but put all the necessary mechanisms in place to minimise the impact of the legislation and stay on the right side of the law?
  • Identify the practical steps you need to take to comply with the legislation, for example working out which information to pass to the agency about your own employees’ terms and conditions, and considering how best to make available details of vacancies to your employees and agency workers;
  • Take control and establish how best to work with the agencies that supply you with agency workers.

Programme

Setting the scene:

There will be an overview of the main provisions of the new law to explain the basic principles of the Regulations.

We will then introduce EEF’s new tool for hirers, the Agency Worker Regulations Impact Assessment Tool. Throughout the seminar, delegates will be given time to complete the tool to help them identify potential problem areas in their business and strategies to address these. After the seminar, delegates will be able to use this tool to plan what they need to do to prepare for the implementation of the AWR.

Rights from day 1:

Focus on collective facilities and vacancies. This session will cover what collective facilities and amenities hirers need to make available to agency workers and their new obligation to inform agency workers of suitable job vacancies. We will look at practical ways to deal with the impact of the new legislation.

The right to equal treatment after 12 weeks:

This session will explain who the comparator is and how to work out when an agency worker has accumulated 12 weeks’ service with the hirer. In this session, delegates will learn which terms and conditions terms they need to equalise. This will include what counts as pay, when agency workers may be entitled to the same bonuses as direct employees, how to deal with overtime, as well as how much holiday to give agency workers and what hours they should work and practical ways to deal with the impact of the legislation.

The hirer’s obligations to provide information:

This session will look at what information hirers will need to give to agencies and agency workers. It will also cover the new obligation on hirers to inform their own workforce about their use of agency workers.

Pregnant Workers:

This session will look at how the new law affects pregnant agency workers and those who have just given birth.

Preparing for and managing the impact of the AWR:

This practical session will focus on changes that delegates may need to make to their practices and procedures as a result of the new law and how to have an effective, commercially viable relationship with agencies. The pros and cons of strategic changes that could reduce the impact of the Regulations for some hirers will be discussed. The session will be interactive and delegates will have the opportunity to focus on their own issues and exchange ideas.

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