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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.
8 Oct 2013
Recent weeks have seen what might be interpreted as growing disquiet between employers and the trade unions, with industrial unrest...
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...
12 Aug 2013
A “zero-hours worker” is not a concept recognised by law. An individual is one of three things: an employee, a...
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...
13 Jun 2013
Zero hours contracts are the subject of a fact-finding exercise by the Government amid concerns of their misuse by some...
7 Sep 2012
Amid recent news reports of an increase in employers’ use of zero-hours contracts, Sarah Veale, TUC head of equalities and...
9 Feb 2010
Staff at a Humberside car company have won an unfair dismissal case, after objecting to the introduction of a “zero...
12 Sep 2008
What is the legal status of someone employed on a casual basis? Is it related to the number of hours...
29 May 2008
I have just taken over as HR manager at a food company which hires lots of casual and seasonal workers...
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
25 Oct 2005
Should employers be responsible for a healthy workforce? The answer, it would seem, is yes, says Stephen Overell
30 Nov 2004
The new consultation laws will encourage employers and staff to understand each other better
17 Jan 2003
TUC call for the Government to extend full employment rights to all workers by
closing the legal loopholes around...
18 Jun 2002
Leaked reports of workplace laws shake-up refer to staff being able to claim greater compensation and claim it sooner