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On the back of the recently released final guidance and as the October deadline draws closer, the introduction of the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) is a hot topic – as it should be!
“The AWR is a piece of legislation due to be rolled out in October this year. It is working towards affording the same benefits and concessions to temporary workers as to full time employees; based on a specified contract period and a number of comparative tests.”
Various Employment Agencies and Umbrella Companies within the UK are starting to announce how they will cope with the imminent introduction, with the Swedish Derogation Model being the ‘solution de jour’, as we predicted some time ago.
Meanwhile, many Employment Agencies and recruiters sit under the cloud of confusion that the ‘grey’ AWR brings. Right now, all that is certain is that:
Crystal Umbrella maintains its position that we can assist you in the attempt to negate the risk and financial impact of the AWR, on both your business and that of your clients. We can offer protection with a range of business solutions; designed to meet the varying and specific needs of your contractor workers and help guide you through any uncertainty.
However, responsibility still lies with both parties, to undertake practical work in terms of administering the regulations to provide the relevant information between them. This responsibility will also apply to additional parties further down the supply chain, in order to fulfil their obligations and further protect themselves from any potential claim.
So, what “practical issues” should our Agency Partners be considering right now?
Firstly, hirers need to identify if there are any comparable workers/employees to their temporary workforce, then they will need to;
As you can see there is still a lot to consider and without adequate preparation, AWR has the potential to be a serious issue, so is no “storm in a teacup”. With that in mind we have already distributed a detailed guide to AWR for Recruiters via our monthly Newspepper, request your copy using the form below.
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For more information on how Crystal Umbrella can support your Agency when AWR comes in, please contact
Tim Cumberland on 0800 848 8888.