As the deadline for the implementation of the Agency Workers Regulations draws ever closer, contractors working through umbrella companies and limited companies alike may welcome the publication by the REC of a second batch of model contracts which are fully compliant with the new legislation.

The contracts are a key component of the REC’s AWR Advisor Toolkit, which was launched last week, and represent the culmination of the organisation’s efforts to help its members prepare their staff, agency payroll workers and clients for the activation of the new rules on 1st October. The latest documents include Inside IR35 and PAYE model contracts (Contracts 3-8) as well as model contracts for the Swedish Derogation option.

The REC’s Head of Professional Services, Lewina Farrell, said that the organisation’s legal team had undertaken a “mammoth task” in updating all the model contracts to comply with AWR. “We had been working on the contracts for some considerable time to ensure they were all fit for purpose for our members. The contracts released today are for those workers who will be agency workers for the purposes of the AWR,” she explained.

With only a few weeks left before the implementation of the EU directive, forward planning has become increasingly urgent. The model documents should help all individuals and agencies affected by the legislation to move into the new, post-AWR era relatively smoothly.

Recruiters in Northern Ireland are not yet included in the latest REC publication, as the Department for Employment and Learning (DELNI) has not yet finalised its AWR guidance. As soon as it does so, Ms Farrell advised, Northern Ireland recruiters would receive their final documents from REC.

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