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Part-time workers: Difference in treatment of retained and full-time firefighters was reasonable

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In Matthews and others v (1) Kent and Medway Towns Fire Authority (2) Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (3) The Secretary of State for the Home Department 7.8.03 EAT 0968/02, the EAT holds that an employment tribunal was right to find that retained firefighters and full-time firefighters were employed under different types of contract for the purposes of the Part-Time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000, and that it was reasonable for the employer to treat them differently. The tribunal's alternative ruling - that the retained firefighters and the comparator full-time firefighters were not engaged in the same or broadly similar work within the meaning of the Regulations, notwithstanding that the central duty of both groups was firefighting - was also a conclusion that it was entitled to reach.