What Lies Ahead for Employment Rights: Review Underway

What Lies Ahead for Employment Rights: Review Underway

The recent spotlight on working conditions in businesses such as Sports Direct and Asos – where the employer relies heavily on a flexible workforce – and the subsequent criticism of their practices prompted the Government to call an official enquiry into what it calls ‘modern employment practices’. Former Labour Party adviser, Matthew Taylor, was asked to head the enquiry into the balance of the desired flexibility and workers’ basic employment needs. Government identifies need for review Last year, Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley was asked to attend a Government Select Committee to respond to reports about ‘Victorian workhouse’ conditions at his warehouse in Derbyshire. Amidst claims that the health and safety of his staff was sometimes compromised, his heavy reliance on zero hours contracts was a particular focus for criticism. Against the backdrop of other similar stories, the Government was moved to undertake an analysis of the current reality of modern flexible work practices and whether this undermines the application of employment...
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Zero-hours Contracts toolkit

Zero-hours Contracts toolkit

Zero-hours Contracts toolkit We’ve put together a collection of articles taken from our online mgazine, hr-24, to help you navigate the subject of Zero-hours contracts.   Zero-hour Contracts: http://hr-24.co.uk/industry-news/zero-hour-contracts/ Zero-hour contracts explained: http://hr-24.co.uk/industry-news/zero-hour-contracts-explained/ Edging towards a transparent zero-hours contract: http://hr-24.co.uk/professional-insights/edging-towards-transparent-zero-hours-contract/ Zero hour contracts – exclusivity clauses banned!: http://hr-24.co.uk/professional-insights/zero-hour-contracts-exclusivity-clauses-banned/  . FOR ANY FURTHER INFORMATION OR GUIDANCE ON ACAS Code of Practice PLEASE CALL OUR FREE ADVICE SERVICE ON 0800 810 8765. OUR FREE ADVICE SERVICE CAN ALSO ADVISE YOU ON ANY HR QUERIES YOU MAY HAVE; FROM CONTRACTUAL GUIDANCE, GRIEVANCES OR DISCIPLINARIES, TO HOLIDAY/SICKNESS ABSENCE MANAGEMENT OR MATERNITY/PATERNITY/ADOPTION LEAVE and ACAS Code of Practice. PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL US regarding ACAS Code of Practice. WE ARE A NATIONAL FREE ADVICE SERVICE AND CAN HELP WITH ANY EMPLOYMENT LAW OR HR QUERY.  ...
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ACAS on Zero Hours Contracts and the uncertainty surrounding them

ACAS on Zero Hours Contracts and the uncertainty surrounding them

ACAS on Zero Hours Contracts - They are a form of employment contract under which a worker has no set hours and is paid only in relation to the hours they work. ACAS Chief Executive Anne Sharpe has suggested that they will be very much a part of the work place issues this year. ACAS on Zero Hours Contracts - According to new research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), they can also provide the flexibility many workers desire, as recognised by Business Secretary Vince Cable as he confirmed there are no plans to ban them while announcing a 12 week consultation on the controversial form of contract. Zero hours contracts are in use across retail, transport, catering and hospitality, and in the care, charity and public sector. There are points in the calendar where their usage peaks, at Christmas in particular, but also during the summer holiday period.  ACAS have suggested with the right guidance and training, businesses...
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