Employment solicitors for agency and temporary workers
Our employment law solicitors offer practical legal advice and fixed fee legal solutions for temporary workers and agency staff.
Agency and temporary workers have a unique set of employment rights that employers must adhere to by law. At Co-op Legal Services, our employment law solicitors only represent individuals, not employers, and we offer practical legal advice and fixed fee legal solutions for temporary and agency workers.
We explain agency and temporary worker rights below:
Agency worker rights
Agency workers are entitled to the following statutory protections, which apply to all workers:
- paid holidays
- rest breaks and limits on working time
- no unlawful deductions from wages
- the national minimum wage
- not to be discriminated against under any of the equality legislation
- protection under health and safety laws
An agency worker may be entitled to:
- maternity or paternity pay (but not maternity or paternity leave)
- statutory sick pay
If you have questions about your entitlement to certain statutory rights, especially regarding sick pay, we can advise you on your employer’s obligations.
Agency workers are also entitled to protection under the Agency Workers Regulations 2010. The regulations cover agency workers supplied by a temporary work agency to a hirer. This includes most agency workers that people refer to as 'temps'. The regulations also cover agency workers supplied via intermediaries but not contract workers supplied by an agency who are self-employed.
The regulations give agency workers the entitlement to the same or no less favourable treatment as comparable employees with respect to basic employment and working conditions, after a qualifying period of twelve weeks.
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Temporary workers rights
Temporary workers who fall under the Agency Workers Regulations are protected by the rights outlined in that legislation and they are also protected against discrimination under the Equality Act. The rest of the legal rights surrounding temporary workers can be found in case law.
With more and more people becoming self-employed contractors, our employment law solicitors are up-to-date with employment law for temporary staff and they can negotiate firmly in your best interests on such matters as:
- unpaid wages
- breaches of temporary employment contracts
- renewing of temporary employment contracts
The quicker you deal with a workplace dispute, the greater the chance of resolving the issue outside of court.
We provide our legal services on a fixed fee basis, so you will know in advance how much your legal fees will be.
About Co-op Legal Services
Co-op Legal Services has over 600 staff working in different businesses with offices in Manchester, Bristol, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sheffield and London.
As part of the Co-op Group, our values of openness, honesty, social responsibility and caring for others are core to the service we provide.