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(p. 359) 19. Atypical workers 

(p. 359) 19. Atypical workers
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(p. 359) 19. Atypical workers
Author(s):

Stephen Taylor

and Astra Emir

DOI:
10.1093/he/9780198705390.003.0019

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date: 19 September 2019

This chapter discusses the law covering atypical workers. These include part-time workers, fixed-term workers, agency workers, and ex-offenders. The EU social policy was tasked with coming up with a number of directives to prevent discrimination against such workers, and to give them what is effectively a ‘floor of rights’. Under the law, part-time workers should not be treated less favourably than full-timers, unless this can be objectively justified. Fixed-term workers should not be treated less favourably than full-timers, unless this can be objectively justified. A fixed-term employee who has been with the same employer for four years is entitled to a permanent contract. An agency worker is entitled to comparable terms and conditions as a permanent employee after twelve weeks. Ex-offenders are entitled not to refer to their convictions in certain circumstances, depending on what they were sentenced to.

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