Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article New part-time staff laws to transform workplacesOn 25 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today The Government finally issued its consultation paper last week on landmarklaws which give part-time staff the same employment rights as full-timers.Under the regulations, part-timers are entitled to equal pay and benefits asfull-time staff, as well as equivalent access to training and occupationalpensions.Retail, catering and hospitality and organisations operating call centreswill be most affected by the new laws.But government fears of generating more red tape for businesses has meantthe regulations are far simpler than expected.The Department of Trade & Industry has bowed to pressure from the CBIand employers in omitting a code of practice which would have bolstered the newlaws. The document also excludes proposals for workforce and collectiveagreements which would allow employers to strike their own deals. Both elements are included in the European part-time work directive, passedin April 1998. The directive set the May deadline for the UKlaws. Martin Couchman, deputy chief executive of the British HospitalityAssociation, welcomed the simplification of the regulations. “The code ofpractice was not very helpful and would have created extra bureaucracy,”he said. “But I have a concern that employers will be nervous about someof the phrases in the regulations, such as ‘proving objectivejustification’.” (see box)John Cridland, HR policy director of the CBI, said the latest version has cutconfusion by dis- tinguishing between legal advice and promoting good practice.An indirect effect of the law will be to speed up employment tribunalprocedures, as women will not have to resort to sex discrimination laws toprove they have suffered detriment as a result of working part-time.Employers have until 27 February to respond to the part-time workregulations. The laws come into force on 5 May.By John Robinson• Responses to the consultation paper should be sent to:Geoffrey Temme, DTI, Room 296, Employment Relations Directorate, 1 VictoriaStreet, London, SW1H 0ETFax: 0207-215 5732e-mail: [email protected] Related posts:No related photos.