Government plans to boost agency powers to protect workers

Government plans to boost agency powers to protect workers

The government is planning to introduce measures to bolster the power of agencies to enforce labour market standards and improve workers’ rights - The Financial Times reports.

This will include scrapping the loophole known as the Swedish derogation which allows companies to pay agency workers less than full-time staff. Workers will be able to access a written statement of rights on their first day, the maximum employment tribunal fees for employers who show “malice, spite and gross oversight” will be quadrupling, and seasonal workers’ entitlement to paid holidays and a right to request a “more stable” contract will be bolstered.

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