Agency Worker Regulations 2010

Filling in the gaps

These Agency Worker Regulations update workshops will bring delegates up to speed on the content of the finalised guidance, answering previously unanswered questions and examining the impact of the guidance on the practical application of the Regulations.

Who Should Attend?

HR Managers, HR Directors and others responsible for engaging agency workers. These events are especially relevant to HR professionals who:

  • 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.

However, for those HR professionals who would prefer to attend a workshop which assumes no prior knowledge, we will be re-running an updated version of our successful EEF National Workshop, Gearing up for the Agency Workers Regulations in September.

Why Attend?

The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 ('the Regulations'), which come into force on 1 October 2011, give agency workers new entitlements to equal treatment to directly employed workers were finalised last year.

However, in a number of key areas, we have been waiting for government guidance to clarify how the new law will operate in practice. The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) will publish its final, revised guidance on the issue in April/May.

EEF’s update workshops will bring delegates up to speed on the content of the finalised guidance, answering previously unanswered questions and examining the impact of the guidance on the practical application of the Regulations.

Taking the BIS guidance into account, this two hour, practical event will focus on the trickier aspects of applying the Regulations to real situations, such as:

  • How do the regulations apply to agency workers paid through a limited company? 
  • How must overtime payments be calculated for agency workers?
  • Are agency workers entitled to Christmas bonuses and attendance bonuses?
  • How must holiday requests from agency workers be handled?
  • Are agency workers entitled to canteen discounts?
  • Should you invite agency workers to your office party?
  • When do you need to advertise vacancies to agency workers?
  • Must you shortlist or interview agency workers for advertised jobs?
  • Do weeks worked before 1 October 2011 count?
  • What does the pay between assignments exemptions mean for holiday pay?

Programme

Delegates will benefit from EEF’s involvement in the BIS Guidance Working Group in understanding:

  • Who is and is not in scope
  • The 12 week qualifying period
  • Who to compare the agency worker to
  • What counts as facilities and amenities
  • When hirers need to tell agency workers about job vacancies
  • Pay, bonuses and overtime
  • Holidays
  • Pregnant agency workers
  • The Swedish derogation
  • What information hirers need to give to agencies and when
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