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Zero-hours contract

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...

Legal Comment: Searching for the absolute zero

Tim Randles discusses a recent case concerning holiday pay accrued under a zero-hours contract.

  Zero-hours contracts are a hot topic at the moment, confirmed by the impact of a case heard in the employment tribunal in Reading on 28 June 2013. In Podlasiak v Edinburgh Woollen Mill Ltd ET/270129/13, the claimant was hired on a zero-hours contract on 19 May 2012 and left the...

Impact of zero-hours contracts should be assessed

  Calls have been made for a detailed review of the extent and impact of zero-hours contracts.   Professor Kim Hoque, Professor of HR Management at Warwick Business School, claimed that the working arrangement is bad for the UK’s economy and that more research is needed into...

Miliband sets out plans to curb zero-hours contracts

  Ed Miliband’s proposed changes to zero-hours contracts are not “very far-reaching”, according to Nikki Duncan, Partner at law firm Michelmores.   The leader of the Labour Party set out his plans to curb the more extreme types of the employment contracts at the...

Zero-hours contracts are set to remain a key employment tool

Zero-hours contracts look set to stay due to the advantages to employers who offer them. Findings from the Office for National Statistics showed that 250,000 people are engaged under a zero-hours contract. However, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development argued that the figure...

Zero-hours contracts to be reviewed

  Zero-hours contracts are to be reviewed following concerns that some businesses are abusing the system.   Business Secretary Vince Cable believes that although the arrangements can be useful, offering flexibility to staff, little is known about the impact they have on employers...

Helpdesk: Statutory Maternity Pay

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Statutory Maternity Pay Q We have an employee who works as a cleaner and is currently on maternity leave. She has been employed by us on a part-time basis for three years. We are aware that she has two jobs and is in receipt of Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) from another employer. As a goodwill...
 

 

 

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