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guidance released on agency workers regulations implementation

New government guidance has been released before the Agency Workers Regulations come into force later this year.

The information is intended to assist those in the recruitment sector and companies with implementing the new rules, with plans to release similar advice for employees in such roles shortly.

According to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the legislation will provide those in temporary and contract positions with rights to the same basic employment and working conditions as their permanent counterparts following 12 weeks in a job.

Businesses, trade unions and recruitment agencies have contributed to the guidance and employment relations minister Edward Davey stated he believes it will "help prepare everyone for the forthcoming change"

"The agency sector is a key part of the UK's flexible labour market," he added, pointing out that it assists employers in meeting surges in demand, handling seasonal fluctuations and covering absences and helps individuals to enter the labour market.

Organisations will be required to implement the Agency Workers Regulations from October 1st 2011.

The European Union's Agency Workers Directive was agreed in 2008 by member states and the government guidance provides advice on issues including pay, holiday entitlement, qualifications and working time.