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At Adare Human Resource Management, we often get questions relating to Agency Workers. Our team have developed this series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below, relating to the queries we most often receive.  

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What legislation protects Agency Workers?

An EU Directive on Temporary Agency Worker was enacted in 2008. This EU Directive became directly effective in Ireland on the 5th of December 2011. On the 16th of May 2012 the Bill was signed into law and the Protection of Employees (Temporary Agency Work) Act 2012 was passed.

This Act applies the principle of equal treatment for Agency Workers in relation to Employees recruited directly by the Hirer. This act ensures that Agency Workers receive the same basic working and employment conditions as the comparable Employees.

The main provision that came from this Act is that Agency Workers are now entitled to be treated the same as a comparable Employee hired directly by the hirer. Essentially it aims to improve the working life of Agency Workers.

Who is covered by this Act?

This Acts applies to all Agency Workers who are employment by an agency to work for and under the direction and supervision of an end user, the Hirer.

This Act does not cover:

  • Work done on any work placement scheme or JobsBridge for example
  • It also does not cover Contractor Companies and Limited Liability Companies where the employee id the beneficial owner.
  • Managed Service Contracts 

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