Protection of Employees (Temporary Agency Work) Act, 2012.

Article Uploaded : 15/05/2012 by Patrick Buckley & Co. Solicitors

On the 16th May, the President signed into law the Protection of Employees (Temporary Agency Work) Act, 2012.

It provides that all temporary agency workers must have equal treatment with regular workers from their first day at work in respect of:

  • The duration of working time, rest periods, night work, annual leave and public holidays
  • Pay
  • Work done by pregnant women and nursing mothers, children and young people
  • Action taken to combat discrimination on the grounds of sex, race or ethnic origin, religion or beliefs, disabilities, age or sexual orientation.

Temporary agency workers must also have equal access to facilities such as childcare and must be informed of permanent employment opportunities.

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