Temp Worker Regulations Around the World
The United States has some of the weakest labor protections for temp workers in the developed world. Other countries have adopted regulations limiting the length of temp assignments, guaranteeing equal pay for equal work and restricting companies from hiring temps for hazardous tasks. Here, we map out how countries compare based on data compiled by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which produces research on behalf of the world’s industrialized nations.
Regulation Score per Country
Click a country to see more details. Note: this data does not include guest workers, who may face a very different set of rules. Related Story »
Any limits on the types of work where temp work is legal?
How long temp workers can be employed?
Licensing & Registration
Any special authorization or reporting required?
Must employers provide equal pay and benefits to temp workers?
United StatesOECD Score: 0.33See Details »
No, except in a few states
Licenses for employment agencies are issued in accordance with individual states' licensing statutes. Often, these statutes delegate the authority to a Commissioner of Licenses who decides on the issuance of a license based on the applicant's character. The license may have a short duration, such as for two years, and would need to get renewed.
There is no requirement for equal treatment in US federal law beyond minimum standards guaranteed to all workers. Some states may require equal treatment. In general, both groups of workers, permanent and temporary, may bargain for additional benefits. For example, on August 6, 2012, Massachusetts passed a law that allows temporary workers the right to know who their employer is, their job description, their rate of pay, their starting and ending times and expected duration of the job, among other pieces of information. Healthcare Cost Containment Act, 2012 Mass. Acts S 2400