The Agency Workers Regulations 2010, which are due to come into force on 1 October, have been amended by the Agency Workers (Amendment) Regulations 2011.

The amendments correct a number of drafting errors by widening the definition of an ‘agency worker’; changing the circumstances in which an agency worker will not be entitled to be paid the same as other staff recruited directly by a hirer; and by changing the circumstances in which an agency will be liable for any failure on the part of a hirer to comply with their obligation to provide the same basic working and employment conditions to agency workers as they do to the staff they recruit directly.