07 March 2008
Decision reinforces part-time workers' rights to pursue employment claims
A recent decision made by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has reinforced the ability of part-time employees to pursue employment claims, Workplace Law Network reports.
The case involved a worker, referred to simply as Ms Sharma, who was among a group of part-time lecturers employed by Manchester City Council.
Their contracts specified that the number of hours they did each year varied, but had a guaranteed minimum level which they would be offered and expected to complete.
After a cut in council funding, it was decided that the part-time staff would be reduced to their minimum hours in order to ensure there was enough work for full-time staff.
It was ruled by the EAT that this was less favourable treatment of the part-time workers compared to their full-time counterparts.
The primary function of the EAT is to hear appeals from decisions made by employment tribunals.