FCSA ‘welcomes PM review of AWR but warns against knee jerk change’
Responding to the news in the Daily Telegraph that the Prime Minister is reviewing the AWR regulations, Stuart Davis, Chairman of the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association, said:
“The FCSA welcomes the Prime Minister’s initiative in commissioning legal advice on the AWR, but would counsel against them making any detailed changes at this late stage. Many of our members have spent time and resource setting up new systems to take account of the AWR and to make a change at this late stage would result in major chaos and inconvenience for thousand of freelancers and contractors.
A simple but effective move would be to change the 12 weeks qualifying period to the maximum allowed under the legislation which is 6 months. This would mean a significant number of temporary workers would not fall within the regulations, thus reducing the burden on business.”