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Govt 'right to reconsider AWR employment law changes'

Govt 'right to reconsider AWR employment law changes'

The government is right to reassess its prospective implementation of certain alterations to the UK's employment law system.

That is according to Alexander Ehmann - head of regulatory affairs at the Institute of Directors (IoD), a representative body with more than 45,000 members - who has applauded the coalition's decision to reconsider its approach to introducing the Agency Workers Directive (AWD).

Initially, the AWD - which will give temporary workers the same employment rights as permanent members of staff once they have been with a company for 12 weeks - was meant to be launched in October.

However, it emerged earlier this week that the Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance is now looking into the possibility of making amendments to the new rules.

Mr Ehman called on the administration to take into account advice from the European Commission, which indicated the AWR should only be applied to "businesses with binding pay scales and collective agreements".

"The IoD has long argued that vital improvements can be made by stripping away the unnecessary gold-plating in these regulations," he added.

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Posted by Francesca Witney