AWR – The Agency Workers Regulation or AWR as it is more commonly referred to came into effect on 1st October 2011 and protects temporary workers hired through an agency or those working through an Umbrella Company.
The Agency Workers Regulation rule enforces that any ‘temp’ working for a company after 12 weeks, in the same job role, will be entitled to the same working conditions as a permanent employee in the same job, putting a whole new spin on the way ‘temporary workers’ are treated.
This means that temporary workers after 12 weeks in the same role must be treated to the same terms and conditions relating to pay as a permanent member of staff, these conditions include:
- Basic pay
- Holiday pay
- Bank holidays
- Overtime pay and some bonuses
However the following are excluded from AWR: sick pay, loyalty bonuses, pensions, maternity and redundancy payments.