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first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. The Government will leave employers in the dark about which staff will becovered by the incoming Part-Time Work regulations until the last minute.Draft regulations on the law – which comes into effect just a month fromtoday – will cover only those on standard employment contracts, excluding largeswathes of workers employed on temporary contracts, through agencies or on afreelance basis.But the Government admitted last week that this might change at the eleventhhour.DTI minister Alan Johnson told the Employment Sub-committee last Wednesdaythat “a powerful case” for broadening the catchment area had been putforward in consultation and the Government was considering its position.The TUC is demanding that the legislation covers the broader category of”workers” rather than “employees”, giving it the same scopeas the Minimum Wage and Working Time regulations.Johnson said the Government will not make its decision known until theregulations are published in their final form.The DTI confirmed that this will happen sometime this week, but the lawcomes into force on 7 April, giving companies less than a month to comply.Employers warn this is unrealistic and will give far too little time tosectors which employ large numbers of staff on non-standard contracts if thescope of the law is extended.Robert Ingram, HR director at Cap Gemini, said, “There are a lot offreelancers, independents and subcontractors in our industry. If they arebrought within the law we will certainly need more than a month to work out howthey are affected. I don’t see how the law could be applied because a lot ofthose people are working for several different companies.”Elaine Aarons, head of employment law at Eversheds, London, said employerswill be open to legal action as the law will be in force before they have hadtime to make the necessary changes.Robbie Gilbert, chief executive of the Employers’ Forum on Statute andPractice, said, “We have been here before. The Government has had twoyears to work this through. It must make use of the time scales provided by EUlegislation to solve these problems in advance if it expects law to be properlyimplemented.”The indecision over what constitutes a part-time employee is yet anotherexample of the Government’s poor record on implementing labour law, which theEFSP-Personnel Today campaign seeks to improve.By Dominique Hammond Part-Time rules open to eleventh-hour rejigOn 7 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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