042 Holiday Pay For Temporary Workers – The Pimlico Plumbers Case

All workers in the UK have a statutory right to 5.6 weeks paid holiday per year, and as a temporary worker it’s doubly important to make sure you receive your right.  So we’re chatting to legal expert and friend of the show Rebecca Seeley-Harris who sheds some much-needed light on the subject.  Join us to […]

Government Must Abandon ‘Unworkable’ Plan For Temps To Cover Strikes

Representatives of both the recruitment agency sector and workers unions have called on the government to abandon its “unworkable” plan to lift the ban on agency workers filling in during strikes. The full joint statement from the TUC and REC reads: The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) and Trades Union Congress (TUC) are urging the government […]

Agency Workers Could Cover For Striking Staff

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said that the government is considering legal changes to allow agency workers to provide cover for striking staff.  The announcement is partly in response to planned rail strikes later this month, and also the likelihood of strikes in other sectors with largescale industrial action likely nationwide this summer. The plan […]

Can Umbrella PSLs Be Good For Workers?

Over the last few months we have posted a few criticisms in relation to recruitment agencies’ preferred supplier lists of umbrellas, which restrict a worker’s choice of umbrella.  In particular we are concerned about the obscene financial incentives underpinning some PSLs, and it seems that the person most affected by the decision is the one person […]

Important Holiday Pay Development

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a worker can only lose the right to take paid leave within the holiday year when: The employer can show it specifically and transparently gave the worker the opportunity to take paid annual leave; The employer encouraged the worker to take paid annual leave; The employer informed the […]

New Legal Duty To Provide Temporary Workers With PPE

The Health & Safety Executive has announced plans to update legislation so that workers (as well as employees) will be entitled to have PPE provided by their employer.  This means that thousands of temporary and contract workers will benefit by a new legal requirement to have personal protective equipment provided for them. The announcement comes […]

Temporary Workers Are Critical To The Economy!

Latest data shows that temporary and contract workers played a critical role in UK’s economy during the pandemic, with 980,000 temporary workers on assignment every day during 2020.  Despite this being the height of the pandemic when so much was turbulent and unpredictable, the use of temporary workers was approximately the same as for 2019.  […]

029 Holiday Entitlement For Furloughed Temporary / Agency Workers

This podcast builds on the earlier podcast done with Paul Chamberlain of JMW Solicitors looking at holiday for agency workers.  Today we are joined by Lewina Farrell, a specialist legal advisor to the recruitment sector, to specifically look at the issue of whether agency workers were entitled to holiday pay whilst on furlough.  We cover […]

Tribunal Awards Holiday Pay to Furloughed Temporary Worker

An employment tribunal has awarded holiday pay to a temporary worker who was furloughed by her recruitment company.  In the decision the judge found in the favour of Miss K Healy who claimed unauthorised deductions from her wages due to holiday pay being accrued but not paid during her period of furlough.  As a result […]