The Agency Worker Regulations (AWR) came into force on October 1st 2011, giving agency workers entitlement to the same basic employment and working conditions as if they had been recruited directly, if and when they complete a qualifying period of 12 weeks in the same job.
It is not retrospective and for those agency workers already on assignment, the 12 week qualifying period starts from October 1 2011.
We have been working with the REC legal team, DfE Quality Mark team, our payroll companies and IT support for a number of months to ensure a smooth start from October 1.
We have solutions in place which provide extremely robust best practice in meeting AWR requirements with minimum inconvenience to our teachers and schools and can assure our schools that we will not pass on any additional costs to you while guaranteeing that A* Star Teachers are 100% AWR compliant.
For the school, AWR compliance requires schools or Borough (the Hirer) to ensure you provide Day One Rights:
- From October 1 2011 hirers must inform agency workers of existing vacancies in their organisation. Hirers do not have to actively seek out each worker and tell them individually about the vacancies; however they must ensure that they have the same access to the information as other workers.
- Agency workers are also entitled to on-site facilities such as crèche and childcare facilities, canteens, parking and the provision of transport services.
- “Amenities” such as subsidised gym membership and season ticket loans are out of scope as they are considered a reflection of a long term relationship between the Hirer and the temporary worker.
It is also advisable to talk to your HR department in school or borough in case there are issues / solutions specific to your school.
Full guidance can be found on the AWR website.
If you have any questions/concerns please email firstname.lastname@example.org (please include your contact number).