Legislation overview

The main statutory protection for part-time workers is contained in the Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 (SI 2000/1551). These Regulations implemented the provisions of the Part-time Work Directive (97/81/EC) into the UK.

Other legislation includes:

  • Employment Protection (Part-time Employees) Regulations 1995 (SI 1995/31)
  • Employment Rights Act 1996
  • Employment Act 2002
  • The Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (SI 2002/2035)
  • The Occupational Pension Schemes (Equal Treatment) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (SI 2005/1923)
  • The Work and Families Act 2006
  • The sex discrimination provisions of the Equality Act 2010 because part-time workers may also be able to allege that they are being subjected to indirect sex discrimination and pay discrimination.

The numerous EC equal pay Directives implementing the principle that men and women should receive equal pay for equal work and Article 141 of the Treaty of Rome as amended may also be relied upon in appropriate cases.

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