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TERMS AND CONDITIONS: The rise of zero-hours contracts

24 May 2013  

Luke Blackburn weighs up the pros and cons of a controversial method for employers to cope with peaks and troughs in demand for labour

With the recession putting even the most efficient businesses under pressure, the use of zero-hours contracts is on the rise. They are lawful, although the Labour party is considering reviewing this if it wins the next General Election. The benefits they bring to employers are considerable, but employees and their representatives should be wary to avoid the sort of worker exploitation last seen a century or more ago.


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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Carmichael & anor v National Power plc [2000] IRLR 43

    Pulse Healthcare Ltd v Carewatch Care Services Ltd & ors UKEAT/0123/12/BA

    Ready Mixed Concrete (South East) Ltd v Minister of Pensions and National Insurance [1968] 2 QB 497

    Wilson v Circular Distributors Ltd [2006] IRLR 38

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