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The draft Agency Workers Regulations 2010

This article examines the draft Agency Workers Regulations 2010, which are set out in the Government's consultation document on implementing the Temporary Agency Work Directive, and will come into force in October 2011. It looks at what the right to equality for agency workers means and the terms and conditions to which it applies. 

On this page:
Background to the draft Agency Workers Regulations
The purpose of the draft Agency Workers Regulations
Maternity rights
Who is covered by the draft Agency Workers Regulations?
The right to equality for agency workers
Relevant terms and conditions
Defining pay
The qualifying period for agency workers
Day-one rights for agency workers
Liability of agencies and hirers
Information rights
Exception for permanent contracts providing for pay between assignments
Workforce agreements exception
Amendments to other legislation
Consultation

Background to the draft Agency Workers Regulations

The Temporary Agency Work Directive (2008/104/EC) was adopted on 19 November 2008 and must be implemented in the UK by 5 December 2011. Its overall aim is to ensure the protection of agency workers by providing that they should enjoy the same basic working and employment conditions as if they had been directly employed by the end user.