Zero Hours Contracts - Friend or Foe?

Posted in : 2013 on 24 September 2013
Michael Black
Cleaver Fulton Rankin
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Vince Cable’s recent criticism of zero hours contracts “abuses” has added to the growing clamour for the reform of such contracts. It seems that zero hours contracts have been very much misunderstood.

A zero hours contract is an agreement with an individual to provide work without the guarantee of set hours or regular work. The number of people employed on such contracts has been grossly underestimated. CIPD figures indicate that nearly a million people are employed on zero hours contracts – over 4 times the government estimate. For instance, Sports Direct employs 20,000 out of its 23,000 workers on zero hours contracts while staff on such contracts in Amazon claim they only received a

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Michael Black
Cleaver Fulton Rankin

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