The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 came into force on 1 October 2011. From 1 October 2011, all agency workers are entitled to access collective facilities and amenities available to comparable workers and employees as well as information on job vacancies.

Agency workers who have completed a 12 week qualifying period will be entitled to the same basic employment and working conditions as if they had been recruited directly by the employer.

Listen to Angela Shields’ interview on Radio 4’s Today programme to learn more.

What should employers do?

Employers should urgently review their internal monitoring processes for agency workers.  Additionally they should communicate and exchange relevant information with their preferred agency suppliers.