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Part-time workers’ rights

Part-time workers’ rights

Part-time workers may find it easier to claim the same benefits as their full-time colleagues after the House of Lords upheld an appeal by the Fire Brigades Union in a test case.

The Lords held that 12 part-time fire fighters were employed on the same sort of contract as full-time staff and as such should be entitled to the same pension and sickness benefits.

The Appeal Court had upheld the employment tribunal’s rejection of the union's claim. The Law Lords said the tribunal had focussed too much on the differences between full-time and parttime contracts and ignored the fact that their core duties were the same.

If you employ full-time and part-time staff, you should review their benefit entitlements in the light of this decision to protect yourself from discrimination claims.

Hilton Sharp & Clarke