EU temps directive is unworkable says HR

first_img Comments are closed. EU temps directive is unworkable says HROn 26 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today HR professionals believe the draft EU directive giving temporary workers thesame pay and benefits as permanent staff is completely unworkable and willincrease business costs. The directive was published last week and will mean temporary workers willbe entitled to equal pensions and other benefits once they have been employedfor a period of six weeks. It could become law in early 2003. Laurie Hibbs, HR consultant at Capital One, believes the draft directivewill lead to a massive increase in red tape for HR and a rise in costs toemployers if it is introduced in its current form. He said: “It will be an administrative nightmare and will put anadditional burden on over-legislated HR and payroll departments since everytemp would have to be frequently enrolled and removed from benefits providers. “Temps want to be able to earn a cash sum and have the flexibility tochange jobs – by enforcing these conditions it will cost both the company andthe temp.” The directive will now go to the Council of Ministers and the EuropeanParliament where it could be amended before it becomes law. Martin Hinchliffe, HR director at Welcome Break, would like to see thesix-week qualification period extended to at least three months beforetemporary workers are eligible for the same pay and benefits. He said: “I think the period of qualification is too short. I would behappier if this was doubled.” The CIPD believes the directive could force HR departments to draw up setsof pay and conditions for every temp employed beyond six weeks. “It’s going to be a very bureaucratic process given that agency staffare brought in as a quick response to deal with short-term staffingproblems,” said CIPD employee relations adviser Diane Sinclair. By Ross Wigham The details that HR has to know– Temporarystaff will be entitled to the same pay and conditions as comparable permanentemployees– It will apply to all temps working at a firm for more thansix weeks– Qualifications and skills will be taken into account– Employers will have to negotiate separate sets of pay andbenefits with agencies for every temporary staffer working for more than sixweeks– The draft will go to the Council of Ministers and the EuropeanParliament and could be amended before becoming law– Experts estimate the directive could be introduced as earlyas the beginning of next year – The UK  has 1 milliontemps available for work each Edwards, HR manager at BristolWater “I think it is the paperwork rather than the principlethat is the problem. I don’t have any objections to paying agency staff thesame as permanent staff but I do have concerns about giving them the same termsand conditions because I think it will be very difficult to do that.”Mark Hocken, resourcing managerfor Merchants Ltd “The new directive will create a necessity for ourbusiness to increase our administration workforce, this at the moment liesheavily with the employment agencies. The main impact on our business will bean increase in our overhead costs, which will inevitably make our service moreexpensive to prospective clients.”Mike Young, HR director attelecoms firm Avaya “I think it will have a big impact on us as we employ alarge number of temporary workers. This will add to the cost and red tape whichtakes away the whole point of using flexible labour. It’s meant to be flexibleand short term.”Mike Taylor, group HR director atLorne Stewart”This will force some employers to play musical chairs bychanging temps every four or five weeks. This will not benefit employers,temporary workers or UK plcs. It is another ludicrous piece of EU legislation.”Laurie Hibbs, HR consultant forfinancial firm Capital One “While all employees should expect a minimum standard oftreatment, the proposals are actually highly counter productive and divisivesince they threaten the very thing that temporary staff value most –flexibility. The directive is well meaning, but ill-conceived and burdensome.”James Reed, CEO of ReedRecruitment Group “The UK’s temporary workforce includes experts who arepaid high rates. The flexibility this offers has played a huge part in the factthat the UK has enjoyed lower unemployment than Europe.” Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more