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Employers 'struggling with AWR implementation'

Employers 'struggling with AWR implementation'

Companies are still finding it tough to adapt to employment law changes implemented in the UK last year, a new survey has established.

The latest Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) Monitor conducted by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) published yesterday (April 10th) revealed that this legislative change is proving problematic for firms across all sectors.

As of October 1st 2011, employers are now legally obliged to offer temporary workers the same contractual rights as their permanent members of staff after such professionals have been with them for a period of 12 weeks.

And Tom Hadley - director of policy and professional services at the REC, a body with 3,750 corporate members - believes the implementation of the AWR has represented a "huge challenge" for a lot of organisations.

"The regulations have created specific issues in a number of sectors," he noted.

However, despite these rule changes, the REC also indicated there has not been a significant upturn in the number of employment tribunals in the UK since their introduction.

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Posted by Trusha Vyas