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Zero-hours contract

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...

Exclusivity clauses examined

Ministers are considering whether to outlaw exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts. A consultation into these employment arrangements has been launched, focusing on provisions that offer no guarantee of work and prevent employees from being employed by other companies. Several...

Importance of zero-hours contracts recognised

  The importance of zero-hours contracts has been recognised by the Government, claimed the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).   Vince Cable proposed a range of measures to help protect workers, but stopped short of banning the employment arrangement.   Neil...

Pay caution and flexible contracts underpin growth

  Pay caution and flexible contracts are underpinning job creation and growth, found an employment trends survey.   The research, carried out by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and Accenture, revealed that more than one-third of businesses are planning to award pay...

Zero-hours contracts “unfairly demonised”

  The use of zero-hours contracts have been “underestimated" and "oversimplified”, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).   A CIPD study of more than 2,500 zero-hours workers revealed that this group were just as satisfied...

Back to Basics: Zero-hours contracts

The fundamentals of payroll

The subject of zero-hours contracts has featured heavily in the news recently, with a number of leading high street retailers, leisure centres, hotels, pubs, restaurants and care providers employing staff under these terms.   Estimates of the number of people employed under these...
 

 

 

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