The Part-time Workers
(Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 introduced new rights for part-time workers.
The measures reinforce the Government's policy of putting in place decent minimum standards whilst promoting a flexible and competitive workforce.
Two amendments to
the Regulations came into force on 1 October 2002. These cover Comparators (Regulation
2) and Access to Occupational Pension Scheme (Regulation 8(8)).
The Part-time workers regulations ensure that Britain's
part-timers are not treated less favourably than comparable full-timers in their terms and conditions, unless it is objectively justified. This means part-timers
are entitled, for example, to:
||the same hourly rate of pay,
||the same access to company pension schemes,
||the same entitlements to annual leave and maternity/parental leave on a pro rata basis,
||the same entitlement to contractual sick pay, and
||no less favourable treatment in access to training.
The Government has produced a range of useful information on compliance and best practice for employers and part-timers.
Other relevant documents include the Regulatory Impact Assessment, the
Part-time Work Directive itself, and the initial proposals contained in the consultation document.
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23 April 2003