Canning Controversial Zero Hours Contracts


In this changing world, this new law ensures that the legal protections for all workers will match the conditions experienced by a modern workforce.

Under the new law, employees will be entitled to be placed in a "band of hours" that better reflects the hours they have worked in a 12-month period.

Zero hour contracts will be outlawed except in situations of genuine casual employment and where they are essential to allow employers to provide cover in emergency situations or to cover short-term absence.

The legislation will also compel employers to pay a new minimum payment to employees called into work but sent home again without work.

In the UK however - Matthew Taylor's review of the modern workforce provided the Central Government with a 'Good Work' proposal in 2018, However, for the most part, it is just an intention to legislate, with no detail or timetable for implementing the majority of the 53 recommendations and so for businesses trying to prepare for any changes, this is not giving them any degree of certainty.

There are only two changes to be implemented in 2019 which are itemised pay statements for all workers which most businesses already do and increasing the maximum fine that can be imposed on employers in instances of an aggravated breach of employment rights. These will be quadrupled from £5,000 to £20,000.

Plus from 6 April 2020 there are a few definitive changes planned. Which employers / businesses need to be alert to in terms of how these changes will impact their bottom-line.

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