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REC takes part in NHS webinar on AWR and promotes role of agency work

REC takes part in NHS webinar on AWR and promotes role of agency work
 
The REC was invited to take part in this weeks AWR Webinar organised by the NHS Employers organisation which went out to HR and procurement professionals within NHS Trusts.  As well as taking the latest soundings from employers, the event provided a platform for a recruitment industry perspective on making the regulations work.
 
Issues raised by webinar delegates included holiday and overtime entitlements, identifying the right pay points for establishing equal treatment and the status of in-house banks.  On this last point, there was useful feedback from the law firm who were also presenting who confirmed that staff supplied through in-house banks may well be covered by other regulations such as fixed term regulations where equal treatment measures already apply.  The REC also underlined the need to avoid a two-tier temporary workforce within the NHS, from a practical as well as policy perspective.
 
Commenting on the outcome of the webinar, Tom Hadley, Director of Policy and Professional Services says:
 
"An important part of our work over the last 18 months has been to engage directly with client organisations.  The NHS is the largest employer in the UK, taking part in this weeks webinar has enabled us to reach out to HR and procurement professionals currently getting to grips with the regulations. 
 
"Our priority is to address common misconceptions and to promote the positive role that flexible staffing currently plays and will continue to play within the NHS and the public sector as a whole.  This weeks event was part of ongoing collaborative work between the REC and NHS Employers and we will continue to ensure that specialised healthcare agencies are provided with the latest feedback."

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