Employers will be aware of the Government consultation on the implementation of the Agency Workers' Directive in the UK, which closed on 31 July 2009. Under the legislation, Agency workers will have the same rights to basic pay and conditions as permanent workers after 12 weeks' employment. Prior to the end of the consultation period, the TUC published a survey, which showed widespread poor treatment of Agency workers, regardless of skill and pay. The Recruitment and Employment Federation responded that it painted an incorrect picture and was based on perception rather than fact. It called on the Government not to take a heavy-handed approach to implementing the Directive. An ACAS discussion paper seeks to give a more balanced view. It gives an overview of the issues relating to the Agency Workers' Directive, looks at Agency workers and their experiences, the Government proposals and the nature of the relationship between Agency workers, employer and Agencies. Comments and opinions are welcomed.