Part Time Workers’ Rights

Part time workers are protected from being treated less favourably than a comparable full time worker in terms of their contract of employment.

Part Time Protection

Part time workers have the right not to be treated less favourably than a comparable full time worker in the terms of their contract of employment, or by being subjected to any other detriment by any act, or deliberate failure to act, of their employer.

The Part Time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000, define a part time worker as someone who is:

“Paid wholly or in part by reference to the time he works and, having regard to the custom and practice of the employer in relation to workers employed by the worker’s employer under the same type of contract, is not identifiable as a full-time worker.”

The right only applies if the less favourable treatment is on the grounds that the worker is a part time worker, and the treatment is not justified on objective grounds.

Part time workers can request a statement from their employer explaining the reason for specified treatment that they believe is contrary to the Regulations and have the right to make a complaint to an Employment Tribunal.

In so far as rates of pay and benefits are concerned, the pro-rata principle applies as between a full time worker and a part timer.

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Last Updated on March 2, 2021 by Admin