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Agency Workers Directive: Preparing for a Review

These are the things you should know or at least be thinking about
  • The terms of any existing agency agreements
  • The terms under which any temporary worker is employed
  • Who is the temporary workers employer?
  • The type of worker that will fall within the scope of the regulations
  • How the Agency Workers Directive will affect umbrella workers and limited contractors
  • A temporary agency worker’s rights to equal pay
  • The qualifying period for equal rights and when the clock will be restarted
  • The provisions included for training
  • Who is liable for compliance
  • What anti-avoidance measures the government is planning
  • How you will calculate comparable pay
  • How you will measure the time period of a temporary agency worker
The Agency Workers Directive has now been enacted as the Agency Workers Regulations but the regulations are under review and the associated guidance note for implementation have yet to be issued.
What this means in practice is that nobody can give categorical advice at present but users are well advised to carry out preparation and seek general advice as part of a general review of their agency worker sourcing policy” said Chris Slay of Skills Provision Limited

The British economy faces a triple whammy of higher inflation, lower growth and rising unemployment, according to one of the Bank of England’s most senior policy makers. Living standards over the next few years will rise only “minimally” or put another way could fall in real terms.

Also ‘quantitative easing’ – the Bank of England’s way of force-feeding money into the economy – is again at the centre of the Monetary Policy Committee minutes. We hope this is for academic completeness rather than a serious suggestion to start the printing presses again.

Andrew Sentance may continue to win headlines for his obduracy on interest rates, thinking they should rise to head off inflation, but the debate is moving on.

The combination of a soft American economy, Europe’s fiscal squeeze and Britain’s lending drought suggests that the UK economy faces rough times ahead, with a real drop in spending power.

There is worse to come with the fiscal squeeze starting to bite, real incomes under pressure and house prices, the primeval force in the UK economy, starting to flag badly.

So we could see:

Increasing interest rates to try to curb inflation
A House price drop of 15-20% in the next 12 months
Sharply increasing unemployment
Reduced expenditure, therefore lower demand leading to a double dip recession.

Tomorrow the results of the stress tests on 91 European banks will be released. If they all pass the wrong questions have been asked. If a number fail then tighten your belt, hang on to your hat we are on an economic roller coaster and equities could fall sharply.


Author: Chris Slay

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