Zero hours contracts in UK employee law

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Published on July 10, 2014

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Zero hours contracts in UK employee law Zero hour contracts are legally permissible in UK employment law through the Employment Rights Act 1996.Under these contracts, employers are not obliged to provide people with work, and employees do not have to accept any work they are offered. Instead, employers and employees have an on-call arrangement, with the employee agreeing that they will be available for work when required. No particular working times or hours are specified and the worker is only paid for the hours they work. Although some people have called for a ban on zero hours contracts , they could be ideal for certain demographics, such as retired people, students and people who require flexibility in their employment, with Business Secretary Vince Cable confirming the government is not going to ban these contracts. Nonetheless, the government is holding a UK law review into this aspect of UK employment law through the Zero Hours Employment Contracts Consultation. The government wishes to receive evidence about the issues around zero hour’s contracts and responses about what the government could do to deal with these issues. The government confirmed it has no preferred options for this area of UK employment law, but that it wishes to ensure that workers receive adequate protection but still can access the flexibility they would otherwise receive through zero hours contracts. A survey of employers by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that approximately one million people could be on zero-hours contracts in the UK at the moment, with around one-quarter of this number - 250,000 - describing themselves as on a zero-hours contract to the Labour Force Survey. The CIPD suggests this discrepancy could be because many of these workers describe themselves as casual workers or on-call workers, or use some other description. This research also found that 60% of zero-hours workers say they are satisfied with their job, compared with just 59% of the UK's labour force as a whole. Furthermore, 47% said they are satisfied with not having any minimum contracted hours in their terms of employment, compared with 27% who said they were unsatisfied with this situation. London Assembly call for ban to GLA Group zero hours contracts CIPD's research also unveiled some issues with zero hours contracts, however. Nearly half of all workers said they either receive no notice (40%) or find out at the start of a shift (6%) that their work for the day has been cancelled, with just 32% of employers having a policy for arranging zero hours work and 34% having a policy for cancelling scheduled work. As a result, the London Assembly said on January 15th that Mayor of London Boris Johnson should ban zero hours contracts within the Greater London Authority (GLA) and among its contractors and subcontractors. Fiona Twymcross AM cited CIPD research that found 16% of zero hours workers said their employers fail to provide them with enough working hours, saying this aspect of UK employment law promotes a "race to the bottom" for worker rights. Carol Smith studies UK employment law and reviews to UK law on behalf of a team of cash advance solicitors and she solved many cases of 1500 cash advance . She has been researching employment laws for many years after a friend suffered an injury due to workplace safety issues.   : Zero hours contracts in UK employee law Zero hour contracts are legally permissible in UK employment law through the Employment Rights Act 1996.Under these contracts, employers are not obliged to provide people with work, and employees do not have to accept any work they are offered. Instead, employers and employees have an on-call arrangement, with the employee agreeing that they will be available for work when required. No particular working times or hours are specified and the worker is only paid for the hours they work . Although some people have called for a ban on zero hours contracts , they could be ideal for certain demographics, such as retired people, students and people who require flexibility in their employment, with Business Secretary Vince Cable confirming the government is not going to ban these contracts . Nonetheless, the government is holding a UK law review into this aspect of UK employment law through the Zero Hours Employment Contracts Consultation. The government wishes to receive evidence about the issues around zero hour’s contracts and responses about what the government could do to deal with these issues . The government confirmed it has no preferred options for this area of UK employment law, but that it wishes to ensure that workers receive adequate protection but still can access the flexibility they would otherwise receive through zero hours contracts. A survey of employers by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that approximately one million people could be on zero-hours contracts in the UK at the moment, with around one-quarter of this number - 250,000 - describing themselves as on a zero-hours contract to the Labour Force Survey. The CIPD suggests this discrepancy could be because many of these workers describe themselves as casual workers or on-call workers, or use some other description . This research also found that 60% of zero-hours workers say they are satisfied with their job, compared with just 59% of the UK's labour force as a whole. Furthermore, 47% said they are satisfied with not having any minimum contracted hours in their terms of employment, compared with 27% who said they were unsatisfied with this situation. London Assembly call for ban to GLA Group zero hours contracts CIPD's research also unveiled some issues with zero hours contracts, however. Nearly half of all workers said they either receive no notice (40%) or find out at the start of a shift (6%) that their work for the day has been cancelled, with just 32% of employers having a policy for arranging zero hours work and 34% having a policy for cancelling scheduled work. As a result, the London Assembly said on January 15 th that Mayor of London Boris Johnson should ban zero hours contracts within the Greater London Authority (GLA) and among its contractors and subcontractors. Fiona Twymcross AM cited CIPD research that found 16% of zero hours workers said their employers fail to provide them with enough working hours, saying this aspect of UK employment law promotes a "race to the bottom" for worker rights . Carol Smith studies UK employment law and reviews to UK law on behalf of a team of cash advance solicitors and she solved many cases of 1500 cash advance . She has been researching employment laws for many years after a friend suffered an injury due to workplace safety issues.  

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