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The new regulationsThe Part-Time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 (PTWR 2000) provide a series of new rights. Under these regulations, which will come into force on 1 July, part-time workers will have the right not to be treated less favourably than comparable full-time workers in connection with contract terms, or by being subjected to any other detrimental treatment.The right will only apply if the treatment is because the worker works part-time and if it is not justified on objective grounds. However, in the detail of the regulations, there are many traps for the unwary. Legal Week will look at the framework of the PTWR 2000 and the issues that need to be dealt with by employers.

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