Equal treatment - what does it mean?

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8 / 3 / 2011 16:20 PM

Basic working and employment conditions

Importantly, unlike the regulations concerning the rights of part-time workers and fixed term employees, the right to equal treatment under the Agency Workers Regulations is not a general right not to be treated less favourably on the grounds that an individual is an agency worker; instead, the principle of equal treatment will apply only to certain terms and conditions relating to working time, holiday entitlement and pay.

It is important to give consideration to the specific requirements of the job an agency worker is being hired to perform.  If the requirement is for someone to work part-time, then the relevant terms concerning working time are those that would have applied had the hirer engaged the agency worker as a part-time employee.

Pay

How the regulations affect an agency worker's pay, including a list of what is covered, what is excluded. 

Holiday entitlements

How holiday entitlements are affected by the regulations, how holiday entitlements are calculated and the payment in lieu option.

Pregnant workers and new mothers

How the regulations affect these workers including the responsibilities of the agency and of the hirer.

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