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Employment law changes 'should benefit contractors'

Employment law changes 'should benefit contractors'

Forthcoming alterations to the UK's employment law system will benefit temporary members of staff within organisations, an expert has said.

As of October 2011, the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) will make it compulsory for companies to give the same rights to contractors as their permanent workers after the former have been with a firm for a period of 12 weeks.

And, according to Dave Chaplin, chief executive officer of Contractor Calculator, this is good news for interim employees as it means they will be equal to their full-time counterparts with regard to the terms of their contracts.

He described this development as "great" and added that contractors "deserve it" as it is "not fair they don't get the same pay as permanent staff and get the same rights".

However, the expert went on to say that temporary staff need to remember it is partly their responsibility to highlight the importance of the AWR with their employer.

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Posted by Richard Saunders