To apply for some permanent government jobs a minimum number of hours of consecutive experience in the job is required. When a part-time employee is laid off, the number of experience hours resets to zero. However the length of employment of part-time employees varies at the discretion of management. This means one part-time employee’s work can end just before the required number of hours, and another’s can be extended – effectively controlling who is eligible to apply for permanent positions.
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