Fixed Term Employees Discrimination- Pensions
- Fixed term employees must not be treated less favourably than a comparable permanent employee doing the same or largely the same job unless the less favourable treatment can be objectively justified.
- This extends to less favourable treatment in respect of the provision of pension benefits.
- A fixed-time employee can bring a claim for less favourable treatment under the Fixed-term employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002.
- Employers may be able to defend a specific unfavourable practise by demonstrating that the fixed-term employee's overall benefits package is comparable to their permanent employee comparator.
- In order to rely on objective justification the employer would have to demonstrate that the less favourable treatment amounted to a legitimate aim and that the less favourable treatment was a proportionate method of achieving that legitimate aim.