Part-Time Workers Directive

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Adopted by the European Union in 1997, this directive implements a framework agreement on part-time work negotiated by the European social partners. It has two objectives: the removal of discrimination against part-time workers and the development of part-time work on a voluntary basis. In the UK, the directive has been implemented through the Part-Time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000. The latter give part-time workers the right in principle not to be treated less favourably than full-time workers of the same employer who work under the same type of employment contract. These rights are enforceable through application to an Employment Tribunal. In addition, the government has issued best-practice guidance to employers to remove obstacles to part-time work. [See flexible working and negotiation track.]

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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