DTI causes confusion in part-time law draft
Comments are closed. The Government’s failure to explain its approach to implementing thePart-time Work Directive has led to confusion over the draft regulations.Giving people more opportunities to work part-time is one of the two mainintentions of the directive and was expected to be covered by the regulations.But there is no mention in the document, out to consultation until nextweek, of what the Government intends to do to “identify and review theobstacles”, as required by the directive. Obstacles could includeinadequate child care and inflexible working patterns.It concentrates solely on giving part-timers the same rights as full-timers,the directive’s other main aim.A DTI spokeswoman said part-time working will be promoted through a goodpractice guide, to be issued once the regulations are in place.”Member states are free to choose the most effective way to promotepart-time work. We believe encouraging best practice, not legislating, is thebest way to do it,” she said.But the DTI was criticised for leaving employers in the dark.”I had been telling everyone that promoting part-time opportunities wascoming in the regulations and to prepare for a change of culture,” saidNoreen Sumra, legal adviser at consultancy Policy Network.”Most of our clients feel they are already more than compliant in termsof rights, so this was going to be the big issue.”Caroline Noblett, partner in the employment department at law firm EdgeEllison, said the Government had caused confusion by claiming to embrace thedirective then failing to legislate on one of the most important parts.”Part-time rights are already protected indirectly through sexdiscrimination legislation. We had expected the legislation to deal withbarriers to part time work. It was a surprise to find these are not evenmentioned,” she said.”There is a huge pool of people who cannot work full time and we arelosing them as a resource to the country because companies are not beingcreative or flexible enough to tap into it,” she said.By Dominique Hammond Previous Article Next Article DTI causes confusion in part-time law draftOn 22 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.