Tarpon reveals that it is "excited at the prospect of new legislation known as The Agency Workers Regulation (AWR), also known as the Agency Workers' Directive (AWD). Currently planned to come into effect on the 1st October 2011."
This new legislation will allow agency workers to be entitled to certain benefits from the first day of working through to the entitlements after 12 weeks to the same basic working and employment conditions as would have been received if directly employed by the client, so enforcing equal treatment and day one rights for all agency workers.
A recent survey undertaken by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) revealed that awareness levels are currently over 70%. But the current figure of employers planning on making changes as a result of the implementation date of October 1st stands at 10%, with 42% currently considering what they should do.
Tarpon believe that it is also a major step in legislation for everyone involved in the umbrella company industry. Furthermore, they believe everyone must ensure they meet the standards that the legislation is creating.
A spokesperson for Tarpon pointed out: “We've always believed in offering our employees a genuine 'employment solution' through the promise to maintain pay during employment breaks and to always offer holiday pay and maternity pay, where this is applicable.
“We, as a company ,also recognise there is an employment responsibility involved, and as such are taking the changes the AWR introduces seriously and are proud to offer 100% protection against any potential employment law and tax challenges related to employees working with us.”
Now that the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published the final version of the guidance to the AWR umbrella company Tarpon believe everything has now been clearly delineated, and will allow full concentration in ensuring that everyone will be ready for the 1st October, and will back the legislation 100%.
Tarpon is an umbrella company specialising in contractor payroll, enabling contractors to maximise their income and streamline their admin.