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Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 (“The Regulations”) came into force on 1 July 2000 and transpose requirements of the Part-time Work Directive (97/81/EC) into UK law.
The Regulations cover part-time employees and apprentices and apply to businesses of any size, but do not apply to a self-employed person. Under the Regulations, part-time workers are entitled to the same terms and conditions, pro-rated (ie in proportion to the hours worked), as comparable full-time workers (unless the difference can be objectively justified).
This topic examines the rights of part-time workers and gives employers practical guidance in relation to the employment and treatment of such workers.
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