Part Time Issues

The Part-Time Workers Regulations 2000 provide that part-time workers have the right not to be treated by their employers less favourably than comparable full-time workers in relation to the terms of their contracts of employment including pay and other benefits and being subjected to any other detriment or any deliberate failure to act by their employers but only where the detrimental treatment is on the grounds of the worker being part time and where the employer cannot provide an objective justification for the difference in treatment. An example would be a part-time worker who is refused a company car, even though a comparable full-time worker has one, because of the disproportionate cost to the company of providing such a benefit to a part-time worker.   

A part-time worker has the right to ask their employer for a written statement setting out the reasons for less favourable treatment if they believe this may have occurred which the employer must provide within 21 days.

There is no minimum qualifying period of employment required for a part-time worker to bring a claim in the Employment Tribunal for breach of the Part-Time Workers Regulations 2000 but the claim must be made within 3 months of the dismissal or detriment. Examples of  the types of claims brought by part-time workers include lower hourly rates of pay, not being considered for promotion and being considered for dismissal ahead of full-time workers.