Statute Update - Agency Workers Regulations 2010

Last October, new legislation came into effect that will give agency workers, such as supply teachers, the right to equal treatment. Some rights accrue automatically, for example information about job vacancies, whilst other rights will only accrue after a 12-week qualifying period and qualifying agency workers will become entitled to the same pay and working time protections (but not the same hours of work) as their permanent peers.  These rights may well start to apply in surprising situations.  For example, if an agency supply teacher is working before and after a school holiday the qualifying period would pause at the end of one term and start again at the beginning of the next, so long as the supply teacher returned to the same job with the same hirer.


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