Zero-hours contracts 2013

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September’s TUC conference fixed the spotlight on zero-hours contracts. In the UK, around 1 million workers are employed on such contracts under which they remain ‘on-call’ but with no guaranteed work. At the TUC conference, the Labour party outlined proposals to outlaw such contracts in their current form, notably to give anyone working for a single employer for more than 12 weeks on a zero hours contract the automatic right to a full-time contract based on the average time worked over that period.

In the meantime, the Government has launched a consultation on zero-hours contracts aimed at tackling abuses particularly those involving requirements of exclusivity. It seems that zero-hours contracts are high up on the political radar at the moment and employers using these contracts would be well advised to keep a watching brief on developments in this area.