Proposed zero-hours reform tips scales back in employees favour

What can retailers do to keep themselves out of the media glare?

As published online in Retail Week, 25 June 2014.

Zero-hours contracts have become something of a cause célèbre for the UK national press as more and more employers and employees have turned to “contingent work” in the attempt to combat a weak employment market in the post-recessionary economy, and as cases of alleged abuses by high-profile employers have come to light.

With as many as half of all employee-employer relationships in the UK expected to be on contingent terms by 2030, Vince Cable’s proposal today of a bill banning the imposition of exclusivity clauses on employees with zero-hours contracts represents an important first step towards addressing the imbalance in power that has emerged in these employment relationships. While it may not have a major impact initially – many employers using zero-hours contracts do not operate exclusivity clauses – the legislation will provide greater control over the long term.

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Kirsty Rogers

Partner - Executive Partner (Manchester) & Head of Client Development

I oversee the firm’s approach to client relationships across the commercial side of the business, whilst maintaining my core role as an employment lawyer.