Agency workers regulations

The Agency Workers Regulations, which came into force in 2011, were amongst the most important pieces of legislation to affect the recruitment sector in recent years. The regulations grant certain rights to agency workers, meaning that the overall cost of hiring an agency worker has potentially increased. The commercial demands of the agency, the hirer and the worker need to be balanced.

Our specialist team will help you to navigate the complexities of the legislation and work with you to ensure that you are legally compliant, while remaining commercial and competitive.

An important aspect of the regulations is what is commonly known as the “Swedish derogation”. This provision allows an agency worker to be excluded from the usual rights bestowed by the regulations if they are directly employed by the temporary work agency.

Use of this provision has significant legal and commercial ramifications, which our expert team will help you to understand and evaluate, to decide whether this is an option for you.