- The law does not specify a particular number of hours of work that will regarded as full-time or part-time working
- A part-time worker is someone who is not identifiable as a full-time worker in the employer's organisation
- The Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 provide that part-time workers should not be treated less favourably than comparable full-time workers
- The regulations protect not only employees but also workers
- Part-time workers may challenge less favourable treatment on the basis of part-time status where this cannot be objectively justified by the employer
- A difference in treatment of part-time workers could also lead to a claim of indirect sex discrimination as more women than men work part-time.
The Government has confirmed it will introduce legislation to extend the ban on exclusivity clauses, which prevent workers from working elsewhere. New laws will make exclusivity clauses unenforceable in employment contracts where the guaranteed weekly income is below or equivalent to the Lower Earnings Limit, currently £123 per week. It is hoped that by removing red tape, the lowest paid workers will be given the choice to work multiple jobs if they wish, to give them more flexibility over when and where they work.
There isn’t yet a set date for when the new law will come into force, but it will be laid before Parliament later on in 2022.