Rates of pay
• Part-time employees should receive the same hourly rate as comparable full time employees.
• Part-time employees should receive the same hourly overtime rate as comparable full-time employees, once they have worked more than the normal full-time hours.
Contractual sick and maternity pay
• Part-time employees should not be treated
less favourably than full-time employees in terms of:
- rate of sick pay or maternity pay
- length of service required to qualify for payment
- length of time the payment is received.
• Employers must not discriminate between full-time and part-time employees over access to pension schemes, unless different treatment is justified on objective grounds.
• Calculation of benefits from the pension scheme for part-time staff should be on a pro-rata basis of the calculation for full-time employees.
Access to training
• Employers should not exclude part-time staff from training simply because they work part-time.
• The contractual holiday entitlement of part-time staff should be pro-rata to that of full-time employees.
• Contractual maternity and parental leave should be available to part-time, as well as full-time, employees.
• Career break schemes should be available to part-time employees as for full-time, unless their exclusion is objectively justified on grounds other than their part-time status.
• The criteria used to select jobs for redundancy should be objectively justified, and part-time employees must not be treated less favourably than comparable full-time staff.