ALP launches software to protect agency workers

A new software package to help firms that use agency labour ensure temporary workers are treated fairly has been launched by the Association of Labour Providers (ALP).

The Agency Labour Best Practice & Audit Tool has been produced following press reports that some employers were unaware that agency workers had been denied their statutory rights or - in extreme cases - abused or exploited. It also mirrors the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) standards.

ALP director David Camp said: "The vast majority of businesses want to do the right thing and ensure that agency workers receive their due rights and entitlements.

"Used as a partnership tool between labour users and labour providers, (the software) will improve legal and ethical standards and help protect the safety and welfare of agency workers."

Operations manager Shayne Tyler of Lincolnshire-based Manor Fresh - one of several Marks & Spencer suppliers that helped developed the tool - added: "At Manor Fresh, assuring that workers are treated fairly throughout our supply chain is of paramount importance to our business and brand.

"The Agency Labour Best Practice & Audit Tool supports us in achieving this aim by providing a comprehensive and consistent benchmark against which we monitor our agency labour supply. The structured questions, relevant guidance and reporting tools simplify and standardise our processes."

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