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Money Box Live: Part-time working

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BBC Radio 4's Money Box Live
Wednesday, 7 March 2012 at 1502 GMT On Radio 4 and Online

More than a quarter of the population now works part-time - and record numbers of people have been forced into part-time work because they can't find a full-time job, according to latest figures from the ONS.

For many, part-time employment offers a good balance between work and other commitments. For others it's what they have to do until the job market picks up.

If you're one of millions working part-time, whether through choice or by necessity, Moneybox Live has a panel of experts ready to offer advice and answer any queries you might have.

What rights do you have if you work part-time?

How will it affect your pension, your benefits, your tax?

What about maternity rights, holiday entitlement and sickness provision?

Can your employer force you to cut your hours and what protections are available?

If you have children or need to care for a family member, is your employer obliged to let you work part-time?

How can you be sure you're getting the same rate of pay, pro rata, as your full-time colleagues?

Paul Lewis was joined by:

• Sarah Veale, Head of Equality and Employment Rights, TUC

• Malcolm McLean, pensions expert, Barnett Waddingham

• John Whiting, Tax Policy Director, The Chartered Institute of Taxation

• Will Hadwen, Rights adviser, Working Families

Presenter: Paul Lewis
Producer: Sally Abrahams

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