Part time workers are entitled to the same employment rights as full time workers. There is potential that less favourable treatment of part time workers could be classed as unlawful and in some cases as indirect sex discrimination.
On 1st July 2000 the regulation part time workers (prevention of less favourable treatment) came into force. It stipulates the following:
- Part time workers should receive the same hourly rate as comparable full time workers.
- Once you have worked more than the normal full time hours, you receive the same hourly rate of overtime as comparable full time workers.
- You are not to be excluded from training simply because you work part time.
- Part time workers are entitled to annual leave and maternity/paternal leave on a pro-rata basis equal to that of full time workers.