Part-time contracts

Article reviewed: 2013/01/15 | Next review due: 2014/08/03

The law on working part-time has been recently changed by the Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations Act of 2000, which decreed that every company must comply with the part-time workers directive ( 97/81/EC).

A part-time employee now enjoys the same rights as full-time employee, pro rata to his hourly rate worked.

The regulations are advisory only and have no legal effect, but do act to regulate problems with regards to part-time employee grievances.

As a part-time worker you have the right to:

  • Receive the same rights of pay as full-time employees
  • Not be excluded from training simply because you work part-time
  • Receive holiday, sick leave and bonus entitlement pro rata to comparable full-time workers
  • Have any career break schemes, contractual and parental leave made available to you in the same way as for full-time workers
  • Not be treated less favourably when workers are selected for redundancy

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