Agency Workers – Does your business understand their rights?

The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (“AWR”) are not often something which organisations give a lot of thought to.  Where a company (“End User”) needs a temporary worker, they might routinely sign up with an employment agency (“Agency”), sign the Agency’s terms and conditions, and utilise an agency worker on a temporary basis.

One might, quite fairly, take the view that the Agency will be on top of the rights to be afforded to the agency workers, and to an extent that is correct.  However, it is important to note that the End User can also be liable in certain situations.

Closure of the Coronavirus SSP Rebate Scheme

Currently, under the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Rebate Scheme, employers can reclaim up to two week’s SSP for employees who are unable to work because they either:

  • Have COVID-19;
  • Have COVID-19 symptoms; 
  • Are self-isolating because they live with someone who has COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19;
  • Are self-isolating because they have been notified by the NHS or public health bodies that they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19;