Whether your business hires agency staff or if you run a recruitment business yourself, you will need to know all about the Government's impending guidelines on record keeping for agency workers.
The Government recently conducted a review of the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 focused on record keeping. It consulted businesses, temporary work agencies, trade representatives and employee representatives and the findings were recently announced.
Currently, the Regulations do not prescribe the records that a hirer or recruitment business should keep. The review found that businesses need to record information about agency workers in order to demonstrate compliance with the Regulations. There appears to be no other way of policing compliance with the Regulations. It was identified that temporary work agencies find it difficult to obtain information from hirers about employment terms and conditions of hirer's direct employees for comparison purposes. It is important for them to obtain this information in order to ensure temporary agency workers receive the same basic working and employment conditions as the hirers' direct employees, after completing the 12-week qualifying period. This is of course a key part of the Regulations.
The Government has announced that it will work with interested parties to provide additional guidance to help combat this issue. We will let you have further details in a future edition of Employ! when this guidance is made available so that you can implement the necessary record keeping processes.