There has always been a need for part-time workers in business, and there has always been a ready supply of applicants for part-time work. Typically, part-time work is favoured by those who wish to raise a family without resorting to childcare or who don’t have relatives to care for. Some people simply prefer to work fewer hours.
In the past, however, part-time workers have not enjoyed the same benefits and rights as their full-time colleagues. Those days are over, and part-time staff can expect to be treated exactly the same as full-time workers.
A particular cause for confusion has been overtime. Some employers consider part-timers’ overtime to be payable at standard rate, but this is not the case. Unless specified on the contract, the working hours of the part-time worker are the standard, and any overtime is chargeable at the company’s overtime rate.
Holiday entitlement can cause similar friction, but again, part-time staff have the same entitlement as full-time staff, albeit on a pro rata basis.
Peninsula Business Services can provide advice and assistance on any aspect of part-time work. Contact us online today, call 0800 0282 420, or use our callback form to arrange for us to get in touch at a time that is convenient for you.