The Government has begun a fresh consultation on the draft regulations that will implement the EC Temporary Agency Workers Directive into UK law, following on from the policy consultation that we reported in the June 2009 edition of Bite Size. The consultation involves the circulation of the draft Agency Workers Regulations 2010, which are intended to come into force in October 2011. The Government seeks comments and any concerns there may be on the proposed regulations by 11 December 2009.

The regulations, as they stand, will entitle temporary agency workers that have been in the same job for 12 weeks to equal treatment in relation to "basic working and employment conditions" such as pay, working hours, rest breaks and annual leave in comparison to permanent workers.

The regulations will also provide for certain rights, such as the right to receive information about permanent job vacancies, the right to equal access to on-site facilities such as child care and transport services and improved rights for new and expectant mothers, to apply to temporary agency workers from day one.

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