With the introduction of the Agency Workers’ Regulations, which come into force on 1 October 2011, HR have produced an Engaging Agency Workers – Guidance for Managers document to ensure that the responsibilities and implications for College are fully understood. The new legislation provides agency workers with the same basic employment rights and working conditions as if they had been recruited directly by College, if and when they complete a qualifying period of 12 weeks. It also gives them access to College facilities and internal job vacancies from day 1.
The HR Division have revised the College’s Retirement Procedure to reflect the Government’s removal of the Default Retirement Age (DRA) with effect from 1 October 2011, following a six month transitional period, and have produced a Retirement Pension Procedure and Guidelines.
The removal of the DRA means that the College will no longer set a date when members of staff retire. Members of staff will be able to choose when they enter retirement on a full or part time basis. Where a member of staff is considering retirement they should discuss their intentions with their line manager in good time.