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With the rise of the ‘power part-timers’ to almost 700,000 strong in the UK, employment law specialist Danielle Ayres was recruited by The Telegraph to comment on the reality of working fewer than five days a week and if part time workers can ever be taken seriously.

Speaking to Angela Epstein, Danielle spoke about why so many workers struggle to be taken seriously,

“The stigma can begin as soon as you ask if you can go part-time. It suggests a lack of commitment or ambition, even if you have been the most reliable, career-driven employee up to that point, working long hours and never taking sick leave. All that goes out of the window once the question has been asked.”

“I’m lucky that I work at a very supportive firm,” she says. “But though I work part-time I do a five-day week in the three days I am in the office and by answering emails and taking phone-calls on my days off. I want to do the best job and give the best service I can. The assumption that those who work part-time will be less focused is absolute nonsense. Unfortunately, a lot of the problem lies in the perception of others.”

Danielle also explained what recourse there is for those who feel they have effectively become second-class workers after going part-time,

“The main protection you have is not to be treated less favourably than a ‘comparable full-time worker’ because of your part-time status. This relates to matters such as pay, holidays and opportunities,”

“Request a written statement explaining the reason for the less favourable treatment and the response from your employer should be given within 21 days. If you are still not satisfied, you may be able to make a discrimination claim to the employment tribunal, which must be done within three months less one day of the treatment you are complaining about.”

To read the full article on The Telegraph, click the link here: The Telegraph: Can part-time workers ever really be taken seriously?