Journal Article

Achieving the Objectives of the Part-Time Work Directive? Revisiting the Part-Time Workers Regulations

Mark Bell

in Industrial Law Journal

Published on behalf of The Industrial Law Society

Volume 40, issue 3, pages 254-279
Published in print September 2011 | ISSN: 0305-9332
Published online September 2011 | e-ISSN: 1464-3669 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/indlaw/dwr010
Achieving the Objectives of the Part-Time Work Directive? Revisiting the Part-Time Workers Regulations

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The Part-Time Work Directive contains two core objectives: removing discrimination against part-time workers and promoting the flexible organisation of working time. This article examines the extent to which these objectives have been realised in the measures taken in Britain to implement the directive. The Part-Time Workers Regulations were the primary legislative response and these provided a new right for part-time workers to protection from less favourable treatment. The broader objective of promoting flexible working was not expressly addressed within the regulations, but in the subsequent period a range of relevant legal interventions emerged. The picture that results is one of partial and incomplete implementation. The case law illustrates some of the difficulties facing litigants in enforcing equal treatment rights. Progress in promoting flexible working has yet to alter the underlying disadvantages encountered by part-time workers, namely the association of part-time work with low-pay and low-status jobs. These findings imply the need for further law and policy to respond more effectively to the directive’s objectives.

Journal Article.  9609 words. 

Subjects: Employment and Labour Law

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