Media Release: Umbrella company Tarpon encourages all employers to be ready for upcoming AWR legislation


UMBRELLA company, Tarpon, are excited at the prospect of new legislation known as The Agency Workers Regulation (AWR), also known as the Agency Workers’ Directive (AWD). Currently planned to come into effect on the 1st October 2011.

Says Tarpon: “his new legislation will allow the agency worker to be entitled to certain benefits from the first day of working through to the entitlements after 12 weeks to the same basic working and employment conditions as would have been received if directly employed by the client, therefore enforcing equal treatment and day one rights for all agency workers.

“A recent survey carried out by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) announced that awareness levels are currently over 70 per cent. But the current figure of employers planning on making changes as a result of the implementation date of October 1st stands at ten per cent, with 42 per cent currently weighing up the option.

“Tarpon believe that it is also a major step in legislation for everyone involved in the umbrella company industry. Furthermore, they believe that everyone must ensure that they meet the standards that the legislation is creating.”

A spokesperson for the company said:“We’ve always believed in offering our employees a genuine ‘employment solution’ through the promise to maintain pay during employment breaks and to always offer holiday pay and maternity pay where applicable.

“We as a company also recognise that there is an employment responsibility involved, and as such are taking the changes that the AWR introduces seriously and are proud to offer 100% protection against any potential employment law and tax challenges related to employees working with us.”

About Tarpon:

Tarpon is an umbrella company specialising in contractor payroll, enabling contractors to maximise their income and streamline their admin.


Tarpon UK Ltd,

Unit 12,

Tivoli House,

Wigmore Park Centre,


LU2 9XG,

tel: 0800 434 6402

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