General Principle of Equality

Equal treatment’ for agency workers comparative to those recruited directly by the end user. There are however certain caveats and conditions:

  • There is a 12 week qualification period before the entitlement comes into effect
  • Equal treatment’ is limited to basic terms and conditions (see below)

It is important to note that it is not possible for an agency workers to agree to contract out (i.e. disapply) the protection.


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