Of interest to recruitment agencies who supply agency workers in the UK is the ruling on 31st July 2015 in the case of Coles v Ministry of Defence (Case Ref UKEAT/0403/14/RN).
On reading recent news articles about umbrella company workers it seems clear there is a misconception about how they work. Especially in relation to the employers national insurance (E’ers NIC) and the umbrella company margin.
The Government have issued the results of a survey into ‘Pay Between Assignments’ (PBA) with is often known as the ‘Swedish Derogation’.
Holiday pay is in the news following a landmark tribunal case that ruled that overtime should count towards a workers holiday pay rate. What this means is that if overtime is part of your normal working week then you should receive a similar wage when you are also off on holiday i.e. it should not revert back to your basic wage excluding overtime.
ACAS (Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service) have released a report commenting on the impact of The Agency Workers Regulations that were released in the UK in 2011.
In Europe the aim of the Agency Workers Directive was to “establish a fair balance between two goals: improving the protection of agency workers (by establishing equal treatment) and supporting and recognising the positive role of agency work in bringing flexibility to the labour market (by encouraging the removal of excessive restrictions on this type of work)”.
An article in the Daily Mail caught our eye this morning with the headline that Agency Workers working for the Brighton and Sussex Universities NHS Trust should also be considered when inviting staff to the annual Christmas Party.
Reaction continues to dominate the news in relation to the tribunal cases (Road maintenance company Bear Scotland v Fulton, engineering firm Amec v Law and industrial services group Hertel v Wood) that ruled that workers who regularly perform overtime should have these earnings reflected in their holiday pay as this is their “normal pay”.
AWR (The Agency Workers Regulations) passed it's one year anniversary on 1st October 2012.
To coincide with this the CBI have issued a report titled Government must ensure Agency Workers Regulations support job creation - CBI.