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Civil servant responsible for Agency Workers Directive

Civil servant responsible for Agency Workers Directive legislation to discuss first draft at APSCo meeting

One of the most senior civil servants responsible for drafting the Temporary Agency Workers Directive (TAWD) legislation will be discussing the first draft at a meeting of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) on 22 October 2009.

Iain Newton, project manager for the TAWD at the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) will speak to APSCo members just as the first draft of the legislation is published. This will provide APSCo members with a unique opportunity to directly influence the drafting process.

The TAWD will entitle agency workers who have worked on assignment with the same end user for at least 12 weeks to at least equal treatment as permanent workers. Equal treatment will definitely include equal pay, and is likely to encompass basic working conditions, such as access to training, amenities, notice of termination.

Comments Ann Swain, Chief Executive of APSCo: The first draft of the legislation is imminent, but there is still a long way to go before this becomes law. This will be a great opportunity for recruiters to ask questions of the man responsible for the draft legislation and to make their views known about what amendments they would like to see made.

Following Iain Newtons presentation the TAWD will be discussed in further detail from an international perspective with a presentation on the European staffing model by John Nurthen of Staffing Industry Analysts and a panel discussion looking into the differences between European and US contract business charging models.

The meeting will be followed by a drinks reception to mark the first decade of success for APSCo (founded as ATSCo in 1999 with Ann Swain as Chief Executive).

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