Labour leader plans crackdown on zero-hours contracts

Duncan Snook, Employment solicitor at Thrings, comments:

Labour leader Ed Miliband’s intention to detail plans to tackle what he describes as the ‘epidemic’ of zero-hours contracts today highlights the extent to which this issue is a political hot potato.

Included in Labour’s proposals are that workers on zero-hours contracts would be free to work for other employers, have the right to compensation if shifts are cancelled at short notice, the right to request a contract with a "minimum amount of work" after six months with an employer, and an automatic right to a fixed-hours contract after 12 months with an employer.

Whether these proposals influence any action taken by the Government on this issue – particularly following the closure of the Government’s consultation on zero-hours contracts on 13 March 2014 – remains to be seen.

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