The Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) come into force on 1st October 2011, giving employment rights to temporary workers after 12 weeks service. And the new rules are likely to shake up many sectors of the economy – especially construction.
In fact, we are likely to be harder hit than most, because our industry relies so heavily on a flexible workforce, and has a culture were many construction workers shun the long term commitments of employment giving preference to self employment and/or working through agencies.
It will be at least January before any claims are raised under AWR, which means the first cases will go before a judge some time before April 2012.
And as we have learned at Hudson Contract by tracking other pieces of legislation, nobody will know exactly what AWR means in practical terms until its been tested in the courts, and possibly not even then – as cases are likely to be appealed.
What is a racing certainty is that trade unions and the usual no-win-no-fee solicitors are extremely excited by the prospect of AWR, so it’s important to make sure your house is in order
No worries for our clients
Operatives contracted to Hudson Contract are beyond the scope of AWR as they are genuinely self-employed. Many of the tests under AWR are the same as the ones we currently work with under the Working Time Regulations, so if tested we are ready.
Our contract backed by our audit system will give you all the protection you need. If you receive any scaremongering marketing literature, you know where to file it…
Business opportunity: Do you know of any construction firms that use agency or umbrella workers?
Hudson Contract clients with friends and contacts who likely to be hit by the AWD can recommend our services and earn a cash reward.
All you have to do is call us with contact details and we’ll take care of the rest.
If your contacts become clients, then ten weeks after they start transacting you’ll earn £50 per operative – so if you recommend someone with ten freelance builders, you’ll receive £500 as a thank-you for the word-of-mouth advertising.