The Regulations contain an exemption from equal treatment after 12 weeks in respect of pay only if you are employed by the agency on a particular contract of employment. In order to make use of the exemption that contract must meet certain conditions. In particular, the agency will be required to pay you a minimum amount between assignments if the agency cannot find suitable alternative work for you. If you refuse suitable alternative work, the agency will not be obliged to pay you between assignments. Your agency will not be able to terminate your contract of employment until it has met the obligations above for at least four weeks during the course of the contract. You will still be entitled to equal treatment in respect of working conditions and to the Day One rights discussed above.
The minimum amount of pay that the agency must pay you when not working must be at least 50% of the pay paid to you in the “relevant period” and this must not be less than National Minimum Wage. The relevant period is the week or month in which you had your highest earnings in the 12 weeks prior to the date the previous assignment ended.
If your agency offers you a permanent contract of employment, your contract must meet the following conditions in order for your agency to utilise the exemption from equal pay:
The contract must commence before the assignment starts and must contain the following terms: