Following my blog last year, BIS have now launched the consultation on zero-hours contracts. Following huge media interest last year the Government repeatedly promised the consultation which was launched on 19th December 2013. The Government wants to maximise the opportunities of zero-hours contracts but minimise the abuse and set out core standards that protect individuals. The consultation looks at the issues, seeks evidence and invites views on the possible options for employers and the Government.
The consultation identifies the main advantages of using zero hours contracts for individuals as that of choice and opportunity to enter the job working as well as offering flexibility. For employers, it identifies the advantages as flexibility, supporting company expansion and retaining workers who have skills and knowledge of the business. The two main concerns about the use of zero hours contracts are exclusivity clauses and transparency which are explored in the consultation.
The consultation closes on 19th March 2014 and you can have your say through the Government website.