Zero hours

Zero hours contracts are sometimes used by employers that require flexibility in their workforce, for example where the need for workers is unpredictable. Under a zero hours contract, the employer is not obliged to offer the worker a set number of hours. Their use has attracted controversy and in 2013 the government outlined plans to restrict the use of “exclusivity clauses” whereby workers are stopped from working for other employers.


Are relations with trade unions getting better or worse?

8 Oct 2013

Recent weeks have seen what might be interpreted as growing disquiet between employers and the trade unions, with industrial unrest...

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Vince Cable’s review of zero-hours contracts ‘inadequate’

28 Aug 2013

The Government’s fact-finding exercise into zero-hours contracts is “inadequate” and requires further analysis to identify best practice for employers, according...

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Zero-hours contracts: exploiting flexible working?

12 Aug 2013

A “zero-hours worker” is not a concept recognised by law. An individual is one of three things: an employee, a...

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Sports Direct’s zero-hours contracts face legal challenge

7 Aug 2013

Sports Direct’s use of zero-hours contracts faces a legal challenge after one of its employees filed a claim in the...

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Zero hours contracts to be examined by Government

13 Jun 2013

Zero hours contracts are the subject of a fact-finding exercise by the Government amid concerns of their misuse by some...

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We have the national minimum wage, now we need national minimum hours

7 Sep 2012

Amid recent news reports of an increase in employers’ use of zero-hours contracts, Sarah Veale, TUC head of equalities and...

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Tribunal rules firm’s move to ‘zero hours’ coontracts is unfair dismissal

9 Feb 2010

Staff at a Humberside car company have won an unfair dismissal case, after objecting to the introduction of a “zero...

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Casual workers: what is their legal status?

12 Sep 2008

What is the legal status of someone employed on a casual basis? Is it related to the number of hours...

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Weekly dilemma: Casual workers

29 May 2008

I have just taken over as HR manager at a food company which hires lots of casual and seasonal workers...

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Looking back at this year’s challenges

2 Mar 2006

Which piece of employment legislation has caused you the most headaches in 2005? Here HR practitioners from different sectors share their views. Compiled by Phil Boucher

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Where do you stand on health?

25 Oct 2005

Should employers be responsible for a healthy workforce? The answer, it would seem, is yes, says Stephen Overell

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It’s good to talk…

30 Nov 2004

The new consultation laws will encourage employers and staff to understand each other better

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Letters

30 Nov 2004

Future predictions are correct

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TUC attacked over call for full employment rights

17 Jan 2003

A
TUC call for the Government to extend full employment rights to all workers by
closing the legal loopholes around...

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Scope of employment legislation to extend?

18 Jun 2002

Leaked reports of workplace laws shake-up refer to staff being able to claim greater compensation and claim it sooner

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