Regulations and compliance for temporary workers

Regulations and Compliance for Temporary Workers

Working Time Regulations

  • Temporary and contract workers are protected by the Working Time Regulations 1998 in the UK.
  • This regulation sets a limit for the average working week at 48 hours to safeguard workers’ health and safety.
  • It also sets minimum rest periods and annual leave entitlements.

Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003

  • This regulation is designed to protect workers from unscrupulous recruitment agencies.
  • The agency cannot charge temporary workers a fee for finding or attempting to find them work.
  • It is obliged to provide all necessary information about a job to a work-seeker before they start an assignment.

Agency Worker Regulations 2010

  • This law gives temporary workers’ rights to the same pay and treatment that they would have if they were recruited by the hirer directly, upon completion of a 12-week qualifying period.
  • It includes areas such as equal pay, rest periods, paid holiday, and access to onsite facilities like canteens or childcare.

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

  • All employers, including those who employ temporary workers, have a legal duty to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of their staff under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
  • They are required to provide a safe and healthy workplace, and adequate training and supervision.

National Minimum Wage Act 1998

  • Things no matter what employment type, all workers, including temporary and contract workers must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage.
  • The rates vary according to a worker’s age and whether they’re an apprentice.

Data Protection Act 1998

  • The Data Protection Act 1998 controls how personal information is used by organisations or government.
  • It also provides individuals with the right to find out what information any organisation holds about them.