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NES warns of AWR risks

NES warns of AWR risks
 
Recruitment agency, NES, warns about the importance of risk mitigation ahead of the Agency Workers Regulations
 
NES, the specialist provider of technical and engineering professionals to the oil & gas, infrastructure and power sectors, has highlighted the importance of risk mitigation ahead of the implementation of the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) for organisations appointing high-value freelance contractors.
 
At a breakfast seminar at the Strand Palace Hotel in London, NES commercial and legal director, Stephen Rookes, gave a presentation and led a debate with clients such as Amec, Balfour Beatty, KBR, Network Rail and Worley Parsons the first in a series of briefings that will centre on the impact of the AWR for white-collar professionals.
 
Were helping our clients to determine in advance how this new legislation will affect them. Understanding IR35 when hiring a contractor that is genuinely in business on their own account really is key for minimising the financial impact and business risks associated with the AWR, says Stephen.
 
Its crucial that between now and October 2011 people understand what they need to do, so we intend to work closely with our industry associations who, in turn, will work with the government to offer the best possible support and guidance for our clients as they take steps to prepare for implementation, Stephen concludes.
 
While we wait to see if the new government decides whether it will amend any aspect of this legislation, all companies hiring temporary workers must understand how it will affect them and put in place new processes and systems for compliance. Lobbying by industry bodies has helped to address initial concerns from the recruitment industry particularly those of companies using freelance contractors that would be outside the scope of AWR if correctly administered.
 
 

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