Clamp down on zero hours contracts in force today

Posted on May 26, 2015

One of the big issues debated in the lead up to the election was the use of zero hours contracts.  They seem to be like Marmite – some people love them, some hate them.

New regulations came into force today to ban any term in a zero hours contract that prevents a worker on such a contract being able to work elsewhere, or doing so without their employer’s consent.  Any such term in a contract is now unenforceable against the worker.

This goes some way to redressing the balance where the employer holds all the cards.  However, this, for some people, is still not enough.  Many are calling for employees on zero hours contracts to be given “proper” employment contracts.

As originally suggested, there are as yet no provisions in force to protect workers from suffering a detriment.

26 May 2015