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Jark plc is investing in educating and advising employees and clients on the impact of the approaching Agency Workers Regulations (AWR). Having held both a comprehensive staff training programme as well as a client seminar in Cambridge, Jark is confident that its employees and clients will have all the skills necessary to ensure they are AWR compliant.

The AWR seminar was co-hosted with Lawspeed, the recruitment law specialist, and presented by MD Adrian Marlowe. Adrian Marlowe, also chair of the Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC), is recognised in the industry as a leading authority on legal recruitment and in particular the AWR.

The agenda covered the legal aspects of the implementation with strategy and commercial best practice. Paul Mizen, group managing director of Jark plc, comments: “At Jark we are determined to prepare as best we can well before the legislation comes into effect in October. By ensuring our staff and clients are up to speed, we’re able to keep our competitive edge and further strengthen relationships with clients.”

Paul says that positive client relationships are key to successfully implementing AWR. As he continues: “These new regulations are primarily an administrative burden for agencies to begin with. However, agencies will also require a lot more information from their clients, particularly on comparable employees within the business a key concern for AWR and its enforcement.”

In the seminar Adrian educated Jark’s clients on what the regulations and the process in which to find an appropriate bespoke solution. The seminar concluded with the fact that case law is probably only two years away and a combination of protective steps that retain current terms for hiring agency workers would remain advantageous for most agency workers. This combination should allow for multiple fall back positions.

Jark is currently following up the seminar with one-on-one sessions for attendees to help find the solution that best suits each business and agency need. The solutions to the AWR will be different for each hirer and in some cases there may not be one solution but a combination of approaches required to provide the best long term approach.

Jark employees have also been provided with practical guidance on AWR requirements, from changes that will need to be made, including operational solutions and effective planning, and the day-to-day impact on business.


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