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Asos hits back at low pay claims

Asos has denied allegations that it restricted new temporary workers’ pay for three months longer than regulations allow.

Media reports claimed the etailer paid new temporary warehouse workers less than other employees for three months longer than permitted. A spokeswoman for Asos denied the allegations, saying they were “completely untrue”.

“We are extremely disappointed in media reports suggesting that temporary workers are not paid equally at the site in Barnsley,” she added.

“In fact, all workers are paid the same rate from their first day – regardless of their temporary or permanent status. This means that we actually go further than the agency worker regulation guidelines, which don’t require equal pay until 12 weeks of work. Our approach is to do what is right for the employee – and in many cases that means going above and beyond what’s required by law.”

The UK agency worker regulations state that, after an agency worker completes a 12-week qualifying period with a business, they are entitled to the same terms and conditions of employment – including pay – as if they were employed directly by the business.

It was claimed the contracts given to Asos temporary workers, employed via Transline, say pay will be equal after six months’ service.

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