The future for zero-hours contracts?

The use of zero-hours contracts has been thrown into the spotlight over the last few months following intense media speculation around the potential for them to be abused. Following a government consultation that received more than 36,000 responses, business secretary Vince Cable has now confirmed that exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts will be banned under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill 2014. This move was supported by 83 per cent of respondents to the consultation and is estimated to benefit around 125,000 workers currently thought to be subject to an exclusivity clause in a zero-hours contract.

The government has also announced that it will work with business representatives and unions to develop a code of practice on the fair use of zero-hours contracts by the end of 2014.

In this article, Walker Morris examines the issues relating to zero-hours contracts and their practical impact for employers…

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