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Liechtenstein – Agency workers to receive equal treatment

17 October 2012

The government in Liechtenstein has passed a proposal in the state parliament on Tuesday to improve working conditions for temporary agency workers in the country.

In a press release, the principality of Liechtenstein said it has accepted proposals to introduce legislation according to a directive in the European Economic Area. The EEA directive will be implemented in Liechtenstein through an amendment of the law on employment and staffing.

“The aim of the directive is to better protect agency workers and improve the quality of their work. At the same time, it will help to create more jobs and develop flexible working,” the government said.

The directive will introduce the equal treatment principle as laid out in the European Agency Workers Directive. Working and employment conditions for agency workers will have to be the same as those of direct hires.

It will also give agency workers access to communal facilities and training opportunities. Employee organisations will have to be informed about the use of agency workers in companies.

The government did not detail when the legislation will be enforced. 

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