The Government is still planning to bring in new agency worker rules “as intended” on October 1, despite attempts by David Cameron to water down the controversial EU law.
The new agency workers legislation, which entitles temps to the same pay and benefits as permanent staff after just 12 weeks in a job, looks like it will definitely come into force.
This is despite the Prime Minister’s office secretly commissioning its own legal advice to see whether the law could be moderated to reduce its impact on UK employers.
It has been reported that Downing Street was told by lawyers that the regulations were “gold-plated” with additional unnecessary rules, making the law burdensome and costly to implement.
A recent survey suggested almost 500,000 agency workers could lose their jobs just before Christmas as businesses moved to sack temps to avoid the new rules. The law could cost employers £1.8bn a year to abide by.
This would have a massive impact on businesses wanting to keep on temps over the Christmas period and may enforce a mass change in business strategy before the seasonal recruitment period.
It seems things have got ever more confusing over whether the Government plans to dilute the regulations to make it easier for companies to employ people, and looks like they might have failed.
It seems temporary contracts might have a lifespan of only 12 weeks in the very near future – which isn’t great news for temps or businesses!
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