Dozens of countries across six continents have passed policies regulating temporary agency work.
Policies include wage and benefit parity standards, bans on temporary work in dangerous industries like construction, bans on temporary workers performing certain high-safety-risk tasks, restrictions on when companies can hire temporary workers (e.g., standing in for absent workers), and caps on the share of the workforce that can be temporary and the duration for which a job can be deemed temporary.
Here in the United States, in the face of federal inaction, states and localities are leading the charge to increase protections for nonstandard workers and raise standards for temporary help agency workers:
Illinois implemented groundbreaking legislation regulating temporary help agencies on June 1, 2018. The Responsible Job Creation Act represents the most ambitious attempt to date by any state to regulate the growing temporary help agency industry. It fills critical enforcement loopholes, addressing workplace safety issues, hiring discrimination, wage theft, and “perma-temping” in the temporary help industry.
In New Jersey, New Labor has been working to raise standards for temporary help agency workers, many of whom work in the state’s numerous warehousing and distribution facilities.