Why do organisations that are not employment agencies need to consider the Agency Workers Regulations 2010?

The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/93) place obligations on employers that hire or otherwise use workers who are agency workers under the Regulations. Their impact is not limited to employment agencies and companies that are involved in the supply of agency workers.

A hiring end user that fails to comply with its obligations under the Regulations may be liable for an award of compensation made against it by an employment tribunal.

A hirer may also be held responsible for a breach of a temporary work agency's obligations under the Regulations if an employment tribunal finds that the hirer was partly or fully to blame for the breach (for example where the hirer ignores the agency's request to discuss and formulate a strategy to ensure compliance with the Regulations). Hirers will also be liable under the Regulations if they fail to give certain information about their own workers' and employees' employment conditions when requested by an agency or, in some circumstances, an agency worker.