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IMA calls for agency worker legislation distinction

16 September 2009

European Union (EU) legislation designed to protect temporary workers could have an impact on the interim management market.

That is according to the Interim Management Association (IMA), which has suggested that the government must inform businesses where the Agency Workers Directive will apply, particularly in regards to the right to equal treatment.

Under the EU legislation, an agency worker is given the basic working and employment rights afforded to those employees recruited directly by the company after 12 weeks.

The IMA announced that its main priorities are to ensure that self-employed executives are excluded from these regulations and that if the policy goes ahead it must be limited to basic pay.

Paul Botting, chairman of the IMA and managing director of Odgers Interim Commercial, suggested that it could otherwise lead to a decline in demand for interim executives.

He told the Grapevine Magazine: "[We want to] avoid a scenario where employers are making less use of interim managers and other flexible workers, simply based on the perception that there will be significant extra cost and administration."

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