Filed under News updateMonday, 21 March 2011
The REC has responded to the Department for Employment and Learning's (DEL) consultation on the Agency Workers Directive and its implementation in Northern Ireland.
The submission follows on from the latest REC regional policy forum held in Belfast last month, when members had the opportunity to give their views directly to DEL's Head of Employment Relations, Policy and Legislation, Conor Brady.
The purpose of the Directive is to give agency workers equal treatment after 12 weeks in terms of basic working and employment conditions as if they had been employed directly to do the same job.
Jim Berrisford, the REC’s Director for Northern Ireland, commented:
“Although the regulations in Northern Ireland are likely to shape up in a similar fashion to those adopted in Great Britain, we have made sure that the particular concerns of agencies there are heard clearly by DEL. We have urged officials to ensure the regulations meet the particular needs of the NI labour market.
“Through our meeting with DEL, ongoing communications, and this latest consultation response, we have called for official guidance that is as clear and business-friendly as possible. This will help facilitate a smoother implementation, especially since both agencies and employers in NI tend to be smaller and may not have access to in-house HR and legal expertise.
He added: “We have also offered to help DEL prepare a leaflet on the basic facts about AWR, an initiative suggested by members.
“The REC is committed to doing all we can to help agencies in NI prepare for AWR, and to ensure they have the tools and information to prepare their staff, clients and candidates as well.”
Contact: Ed Sexton
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