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Harbottle & Lewis comment on changes to AWR

Harbottle & Lewis comment on changes to AWR

Nicola Tager, a solicitor in the employment group at law firm Harbottle & Lewis, cast doubt on whether the government could change the Agency Workers Regulations at this late stage.

"Has Downing Street sought this legal advice too late? The Agency Worker Regulations, as currently drafted, are due to come into effect in less than one month, on October 1, yet the Government has had since January 2010  (when the draft Regulations were laid before Parliament) to make changes. Meanwhile, the UK only has until 5 December 2011 to implement the Agency Workers Directive or it will face hefty EU fines. It will certainly be challenging for meaningful changes, which must first be consulted on given the complexity of the issues involved and the financial implications for businesses, to be made to the Regulations before then."

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