08 / 3 / 2011 3.59pm
The Regulations are the means by which the Government met its obligations under the EU Directive 2008/104/EC on Temporary Agency Work – the Agency Workers Directive.
The regulations came into effect on 1 October 2011, giving agency workers the entitlement to equal treatment with respect to basic employment and working conditions if and when they complete a qualifying period of 12 weeks an a particular job.
In other words, their basic terms and conditions of employment must be no less favourable than the terms they would have been entitled to had they been recruited directly by the NHS.
Agency workers are also be entitled access to on-site facilities and information on job vacancies from day one of their assignment.
Who do these Regulations apply to?
The Agency Workers Regulations apply to:
• individuals who work as temporary agency workers
• individuals or companies (private, public and third sector) involved in the supply of temporary agency workers, either directly or indirectly, to work temporarily for and under the direction and supervision of a hirer
• and the hirers themselves (private, public and third sector).