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Zero hours contracts

Zero hours contracts
  • Labour plan to ban ‘exploitative’ zero-hours contracts.
  • They will introduce a right for workers to have a contract that reflects the number of hours they regularly work, based on a 12-week reference period. They also propose giving workers a right to reasonable notice of any change in shifts or working time, meaning that compensation will be paid if a shift is cancelled which will be proportionate to the notice given.
  • Labour claim it will not stop employees earning overtime and employers will still be able to  hire on fixed-term contracts including seasonal work.
  • For surges during seasonal periods, for example Christmas, employers could manage staffing either by offering overtime to regular employees or hiring temps.