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Christmas workers must have 'normal employment rights'
Wednesday, 24 October 2007
Temporary workers, including graduates, recruited in the run up to the festive season must be given the same rights and privileges as other staff, an expert has warned.
Recruitment of temporary staff in retail, leisure and other businesses increases as Christmas nears and companies must ensure they comply with employment legislation, stated Emma Harvey, partner with law firm DWF.
Ms Harvey highlighted the possibility that employers who hire temporary staff such as graduates may face employment tribunals if they fail to adhere to government rules and regulations.
Ms Harvey said: "Temporary workers other than agency staff are still considered as employees in the eyes of the law and cannot be treated any less favourably than permanent staff doing the same type of job.
"Employers should not use their fixed-term status to avoid issuing them with an employment contract, or giving them paid holidays and similar benefits," she added.
Last year the Trade Union's Congress and National Union of Students revealed that increasing numbers of students worked during their studies, with the number of full-time students working in part-time jobs increasing by 54 per cent between 1996 and 2006.