Temps ‘should be treated fairly’

25-10-2007

Temps ‘should be treated fairly’
As Christmas draws ever closer, workers looking for temporary positions have been advised to ensure they are treated well over the festive period.

Emma Harvey of law firm DWF has warned employees to remember they have the same rights as other staff and should avoid being taken advantage over Christmas.

“Temporary workers other than agency staff are still considered as employees in the eyes of the law and cannot be treated any less favourably than permanent staff doing the same type of job,” she commented.

According to Ms Harvey, a partner at DWF, bosses should ensure they do not use a temporary workers status to avoid providing paid holidays and other benefits.

Companies that do not follow this advice could be running the risk of employment tribunals, she said.

The Confederation of British Industry recently called for more modest minimum pay rises - which could affect temporary workers - to avoid businesses from struggling to cope financially.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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