Fixed-term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002
Fixed Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002 (SI 2002/2034) form a UK statutory instrument aimed to protect employees who have fixed-term contracts. It is meant to implement the Fixed-term Work Directive 1999 (99/70/EC) on fixed term workers.
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.
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  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.
- UK labour law
- Adeneler v Ellinikos Organismos Galaktos  IRLR 716 (C-212/04) on objective justification for use of fixed-term contracts disclosing a genuine need, and measures employed are proportionate to that aim, and twenty days is too little to break continuity
- Del Cerro Alonso v Osakidetza (2007) C-307/05,  ICR 145
- Aileen McColgan, 'The Fixed Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002: Fiddling While Rome Burns?'  32 ILJ 194
- Directive 99/70/EC on Fixed term workers
- Implemented under Fixed Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002, SI 2002/2034
- Directive 97/81/EC on Part-time workers
- Proposed directive on Agency workers COD 2002/0149
- 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.