03 October 2011
Managers 'should not be worried about AWR'
Businesses will not be overly-affected by the changes brought about in recent reforms to the country's employment law system.
That is according to Dr Clare Kelliher, professor of work and organisation at the Cranfield School of Management, who was speaking after the implementation of the new Agency Workers Regulations (AWR).
As of last Saturday (October 1st), firms are now legally obliged to offer the same contractual conditions and benefits to temporary workers as their permanent members of staff once they have been with a company for a period of 12 weeks.
This move by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance has been criticised as untimely and needless by many leading business groups.
However, Dr Kelliher expressed her belief that the AWR will not represent a "tremendous burden".
Indeed, she noted that managers wanting to introduce flexible working into their business will be best off looking to temporary professionals, as such employees remain cost-effective.
"It's still fair to say that employing temporary workers will still be cheaper for employers," the expert added.
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Posted by Francesca Witney