A significant concern for agency workers is the power imbalance between the worker on the one hand, and the hirer and agency on the other. The Agency Workers Regulations aim to address this by guaranteeing certain rights for agency workers, including entitlement to the national minimum wage, paid annual leave and a prohibition on unlawful deductions from wages. The Regulations also require that agency workers who have been in the same job for twelve continuous weeks receive equal treatment to equivalent workers who have been recruited directly.
However, recent research carried out by ACAS suggests that many agency workers are still not receiving fair treatment. In particular, many agency workers are:
- unaware of their rights, including in relation to the “twelve week threshold”. ACAS reports that one caller to its helpline had been working on the same assignment for four years and did not know that they were entitled to the…
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