Fixed Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002

Fixed Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002

Fixed Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002 form a UK statutory instrument aimed to protect employees who have fixed term contracts. It is meant to implement EC Directive 99/70/EC on fixed term workers.

Law

The principle of the Directive on which the Regulations are based is simple: a person with a fixed term contract should not be treated less favourably than a comparable permanent co-worker.

Implementation

It is argued that Regulations fail adequately to implement the requirements of the directive, because they do not protect the full range of "workers" that the directive refers to. In UK labour law, the definitions of "worker" and "employee" are not the same (see s.230 Employment Rights Act 1996), and the concept of a "worker" is considered broader. But the Regulations are said to apply merely to the thinner category of "employees".

Also, r.2(2) provides that "an employee is not a comparable permanent employee if his employment has ceased". But in a decision by the European Court of Justice, "Macarthy v. Smith" [1980] ECR I-01275, it was held that a woman could compare herself for the purpose of Art. 119 of the EC Treaty (now Art. 141, the equal treatment provision on which the FTW Directive is based) with her predecessor in employment.

Notes

References

* Aileen McColgan, 'The Fixed Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002: Fiddling While Rome Burns?' [2003] 32 ILJ 194

External links

*Directive [http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:31999L0070:EN:HTML 99/70/EC] on Fixed term workers
**Implemented under Fixed Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002, [http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2002/20022034.htm SI 2002/2034]

*Directive [http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/lex/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:31997L0081:EN:HTML 97/81/EC] on Part time workers
**Implemented under Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000, [http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2000/20001551.htm SI 2000/1551]

*Proposed directive on Agency workers [http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:52002PC0149:EN:HTML COD 2002/0149]
** [http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmbills/027/08027.i-i.html Temporary and Agency Workers (Equal Treatment) Bill 2007] , a proposal which has currently (13/3/2008) passed its second reading. The government has announced it wishes to find a common European solution.


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