Employers can now use agency workers to cover striking employees

Employers can now use agency workers to cover striking employees

New regulations have been introduced, which means that therestrictions that previously prevented employers affected by strike actionfrom engaging agency staff or casual temporary workers are no longer in placefor employers providing crucial public services. 

The law previously prevented employers from using agency workersto cover absences created by staff striking. This could be veryrestrictive for employers and their workflow/output.

These new regulations revoke the previous restrictions ofthe Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations. Employers will now be able to engage temporary staff to perform duties normallyundertaken by an employee who is partaking in industrial action, or to coverother staff shortages that have arisen because of the strike.

I hope that this will ensure as little disruption to people'sdaily lives as possible in the midst of any strikes.

While this will have a minimal impact on the financial andreputational damage that businesses can sustain as a result of strike action,it will allow business to continue as much as possible and reduce the impact onservices. Employers will still be bound by broader health and safetylaws, so they must ensure that any temporary workers are suitably qualified and canmeet the legal obligations of any role.

In addition to this, the government has increased thepotential levy that can be imposed on unions for unlawfully calling a strikehas been increased to £1million.

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