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What is AWR?

6th July 2017

What is AWR?

First things first, you are probably thinking what is AWR, what does it stand for and what does it mean?

It stands for Agency Working Regulations.

It is a law that was introduced in 2011 to make sure all temporary workers receive the same rights as permanent workers – as long as certain criteria is met.

There are standard rights and formalities that temps should receive on day one of starting their assignment such as breaks, canteen facilities and access to other facilities etc. After 12 weeks, so on the 13th week, if the temp is still there they are then entitled to what the permanent worker gets – if recruited directly for the same role – so holiday, overtime, bonuses etc.

It doesn’t affect pensions and some other benefits.

The company who has the temp is responsible for letting the agency know what increase in benefits the temp has after the agency has requested this. Nondisclosure, refusing to provide this information or getting rid of the temp at week 11 will be seen as anti-avoidance and there are fines attached. So it is in the agency’s and the company’s best interest to be honest and to also keep a paper trail so that no questions can be raised if there is any doubt as it will be clear.

By Helen Lacey

 

 

 

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