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Specialist Swedish Derogation workshops launched

Specialist Swedish Derogation workshops launched

Tuesday 24th April 2012

The Association of Labour Providers (ALP) and leading law firm Brabners Chaffe Street have joined forces to launch a series of specialist workshops outlining the provisions and practical ramifications of employing agency workers on a “Swedish Derogation” contract.

In order to meet the requirements of Regulation 10 of the Agency Workers Regulations 2010, known widely as the “Swedish Derogation”, agencies must employ agency workers on permanent contracts and must pay the agency worker a specified 'minimum amount' of pay between assignments. This provides an exemption from the requirement to provide equal treatment under the Regulations in so far as it relates to 'pay'.

The workshops have been developed to help delegates understand the additional obligations of employing agency workers on a permanent contract, the legal issues surrounding implementing and running the Swedish Derogation model, the operational considerations of paying between assignments, the practical issues such as transferring and terminating pay between assignments contract workers and how to avoid and mitigate the risks of getting it wrong.

They are presented by Brabners Chaffe Street Partner Paul Chamberlain, a nationally recognised expert in the law relating to employment businesses and the Agency Workers Regulations who says: “These workshops are applicable to all agency sectors and are highly recommended for temporary work agencies and hirers who are using or considering using the Swedish Derogation model. This is a powerful piece of legislation and if agencies and hirers fail to put it into practice correctly it could leave them vulnerable to employment tribunal claims.”

David Camp, ALP Director commented: We are delighted to work with Paul Chamberlain on this much needed training. The workshop is for both agencies and hirers, with the emphasis on the need to work together to ensure that the Agency Workers Regulations are complied with and are implemented effectively, responsibly and to minimise risk.

The full day workshops take place between 9.30am and 4pm at locations across the country on the following dates:

• 23 February 2012 in Manchester
Venue: The Co-operative Group, New Century House, Manchester, M60 4ES
• 1 March 2012 in Coventry
Venue: Sainsburys, Northview, Walsgrave Triangle, Coventry, CV2 2SJ
• 29 March 2012 in Peterborough
Venue: Tesco Distribution Centre, 1 Staplee Way, Peterborough, PE1 4YT

In-house workshops are also available.

To book your place or obtain further details please email or call 01276 509306.


About the Swedish Derogation contract
The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 came into force on 1 October 2011 and provide agency workers with a right to equal treatment in respect of basic working and employment conditions following completion of a 12 week qualifying period as they would have been entitled to if directly recruited by the hirer. Regulation 10 contains an exemption from the requirement to provide equal treatment in so far as it relates to 'pay'. This exemption has become known in the industry as the Swedish Derogation, or a pay between assignments model. Regulation 10 requires that the agency must pay the agency worker a specified 'minimum amount' of pay between assignments and be engaged by the agency on a permanent contract of employment.

For further information contact Deborah Ascott-Jones at Brabners Chaffe Street on 0151 600 3000