Introduction

The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 came into effect on 1 October 2011. They are the UK’s response to the Temporary Workers Directive, which was agreed by the European Parliament after many years of debate and dissension. The UK regulations also reflect an agreement made between the CBI and the TUC under the last Labour Government.

What this guide covers

The regulations are quite complex and have a direct impact on the way in which line managers organise their staffing needs. The guide therefore covers:

  • definitions

  • what the law says — the legal issues

  • the impact on line managers

  • how HR can help

  • summary.

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