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Denmark – Legislation to improve protection of agency workers

19 March 2013

Denmark has been late in adopting the European Agency Work Directive (AWD), but progress has now been made and after years of negotiation a bill has recently been submitted for consultation.

The AWD, for the first time, created minimum standards for temporary staffing legislation across EU member states. Among other things, it implements equal treatment standards between temporary and permanent hires regarding working conditions and pay. The directive aims to avoid social dumping in the staffing industry and increase protection of temporary agency workers.

Denmark should have implemented the directive into national law by December 2011, but failed to meet the deadline. A bill has now been created which will be reviewed by April 2013 with the directive expected to come into force later this year.

The AWD was originally passed in November 2008 by the EU, giving member states three years to transpose appropriate legislation. It also forced countries to review all restrictions on the use of temporary agency work.

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