LONDON -- If the current trend toward globalization of benefits continues, U.S. employers should get ready for a new development concerning benefits for their part-time workers. As of July 1, part-time employees in the United Kingdom receive the same pay, vacation leave, pensions, even training as full-time workers. England's new regs reflect its implementation of the European Union's Part-Time Work Directive.
The rules stipulate that part-time workers will have the same benefits and compensation as comparable full-timers:
- they must get the same hourly rate
- the same overtime rate, if they work normal full-time hours;
- get the same training
- have the same annual leave and maternity/parental leave
The Department of Trade and Industry is the government organization that released the rules. It noted that since 80% of part-timers are women the new rules should help prevent 'indirect discrimination' under the Sex Discrimination Act."