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Zero-hours contract

Good relations key to recovery

  Good relations between employers and employees are key to building a solid recovery in 2015, says the Chair of Acas, Sir Brendan Barber.   In his New Year message, Barber outlined what he believes will be the main issues facing organisations in the year ahead and argued that...

What's in Store for 2015: A new dawn

Paul Tew explains that the start of a new calendar year will see the final measures of the Government’s planned legislative programme for this parliamentary term come into force.

Speed Read Legislative changes due to take effect in 2015 will have an impact on personal taxation and Benefits in Kind reporting, together with revised pension and employment practices. A couple of new schemes will allow eligible parents to take Shared Parental Leave for the first time and...

Flexible labour key to job market

  Flexible labour is crucial to the UK job market, according to the CBI/Accenture Employment Trends Survey 2014.   Nearly all firms that responded to the study believe that flexibility is either vital or important to the economy. More than 80 per cent said it enabled a rapid...

TUC highlights pay disparity for zero-hours workers

Zero-hours workers earn an average of nearly £300 less a week than permanent employees, a report from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) found.   The Decent Jobs Deficit: The Human Cost of Zero-Hours Working and Casual Labour study showed that weekly wages for staff on these contracts...

Exclusivity clauses could be circumvented, says Acas

Employers could find ways to circumvent a ban on zero-hours exclusivity clauses, conciliation service Acas has warned. The comment was made in response to the Government’s consultation on how to prevent businesses avoiding the ban on restricting individuals working elsewhere even if...

Exclusivity ban welcomed by employers

Exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts are to be banned, Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced. The move has been welcomed by the Institute of Directors (IOD) because the flexibility that these working arrangements offer has been retained for staff and organisations. Simon...

Exclusivity clauses to be banned

  Exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts are to be banned.   Business Secretary Vince Cable announced the change which will benefit the estimated 125,000 workers who are subject to the restriction.   He explained that zero-hours contracts offer flexible working...

Mixed reaction to Queen’s speech announcements

Plans to introduce collective defined contribution (CDC) pensions have been met with caution. Although several industry leaders welcomed the new provision, announced in the Queen’s speech to Parliament, many felt CDC arrangements would not offer a panacea. Paul Sweeting, European...

Relations damaged by zero-hours contracts

Zero-hours contracts can damage employment relations, Acas has claimed. A study from the conciliation service showed that workers engaged on these arrangements felt excluded from the security, fairness and trust that is associated with permanent positions. Acas Chair Sir Brendan Barber...

Job seekers could lose benefits for refusing a zero-hours contract

  Job seekers could lose their benefits if they refuse to accept a zero-hours contract, revealed a letter from a Conservative minister.   Under the Universal Credit system, claimants could face sanctions by not applying for and accepting this type of working arrangement. Currently...

Labour outlines intentions for zero-hours contracts

  Legislation to curb exploitative practices in zero-hours contracts has been promised under a Labour Government by Ed Miliband.   Miliband said workers would have the right to ask for a fixed-hours contract after six months’ regular service, while after 12 months they would...

Few exclusivity clauses

Only a small percentage of zero-hours contracts contain exclusivity clauses, according to research from DAC Beachcroft. Fewer than one in 12 businesses responding to the survey have this type of restriction, while more than three-quarters said they are aware of zero-hours staff who work for...

Zero-hours contract fears may be exaggerated

  Fears over zero-hours contracts may have been exaggerated, found research from law firm Bond Dickinson.   The majority of businesses that advertise or recruit using these arrangements said they explained the implications to applicants, while almost half offered a week’s...

Caution over zero-hours

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has urged caution over its figures that showed a steep increase in zero-hours employment contracts. In response to an ad hoc query, the body found that 583,000 workers were engaged in this way in October to December 2013. This is up from 250,000...

Calls to ban exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts

  Exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts should be banned unless there is a compelling business reason to use them, argued the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).   In its response to the Government’s consultation into the use of these employment...
 

 

 

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