Agency Workers Regulations (AWR)
The Agency Workers Regulations, "AWR", will come into force on 1 October 2011.
The legislation will give temporary agency workers the same basic rights, after 12 weeks in the same assignment, as those on permanent contracts of employment in a comparable role.
Equal treatment after the initial qualifying period will cover pay and working conditions, including overtime, breaks, rest periods and public holidays.
The definition of "agency worker" is broad; articles in this section discuss which IT contractors are likely to be within the scope of this incoming legislation and the history of the Directive to date.