[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]“A disaster for small businesses” was how the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) greeted an announcement that, under the forthcoming EU Agency Workers Directive, temporary (or ‘agency’) workers are to be extended similar employment rights to fulltime workers after 12 weeks.
According to an FSB spokesperson, “Temporary workers are a useful way of responding to fluctuations in demand. If that flexibility is lost, many small businesses will stop using temporary employees.”
It is easy to see why organisations like the FSB, Chambers of Commerce and the Forum of Private Business are concerned about this announcement. Nobody yet knows precisely what the legislation will entail however, and at first sight the 12-week limit means that a high proportion of short-term temporary assignments will be unaffected.
It is important that small businesses plan their employee levels more effectively to prepare for the new legislation, which still has to be agreed with other European governments.
Gamlins employment law experts can help you consider what this development will mean for your business, helping you work out what resources you’ll be able to afford in the future.
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