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My daughter has worked for the same firm for 22 years, but received a smaller Christmas bonus than other staff because she only works 20 hours a week. One member of staff has only been there six months and will receive a bigger bonus. Can the firm discriminate against part-time staff like this?

How employees come to qualify for a Christmas bonus will probably be set out in their employment contracts, so I suggest that your daughter reads the relevant section in hers. Employers are not allowed to have different rules for full and part-time staff these days. But subject to your daughter’s contract they can, under the regulations, award bonuses and the like pro-rata, ie according to the hours staff have worked, without it being considered discrimination.

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