part-time worker

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Under the Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less favourable Treatment) Regulations, any worker whose hours are less than those of a full-time worker in that employment. Part-time workers are entitled to no less favourable treatment than full-timers; however, this applies only where (a) there is a full-time worker on a similar contract and (b) the only reason for the less favourable treatment is that the worker is a part-timer. Employers have a defence if they can justify the less favourable treatment on some other ground. Case: Matthews v Kent and Medway Towns Fire Authority [2004] IRLR 697 (CA).

Subjects: Law — Economics.

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