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Interim executives 'should be exempt from temporary workers rules'

9 July 2009

Interim executives and other temporary workers should be exempt from the European Union's Agency Workers Directive, it has been argued.

Under the forthcoming employment legislation, employers will be legally required to offer the same perks and level of protection for temporary or agency workers as they do for their permanent staff members from their 12th week in a role.

However, the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has now argued that workers who earn at least three times the minimum wage, which is likely to include a vast majority of interim directors and turnaround managers, should be excluded from both the new directive and the 2003 regulations concerning working hours.

"We feel that three times the national minimum wage is about the right income level for temporary workers to be outside the scope of the directive and therefore retain the opt-out," said the organisation's chief executive Ann Swain.

"It would mean that about 90 per cent of workers placed by APSCo members would remain almost entirely unaffected by both of these potentially very damaging legislative changes."

Earlier this month, Apsco also stated that 'well-paid IT professionals' should also be exempted from the new rules, with some employers likely to be put off in their recruitment efforts by the legislation.

Categories: Human Resources


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