Zero hours contracts have been in the news recently, but are they really such a bad thing? What exactly are they? Steve Vale, HR Consultant, takes a closer look.

Introduction

The summer of 2013 has seen much debate about the use of zero hours contracts, with calls from a number of quarters for them to be made unlawful. Those calls, however, have tended to highlight the doubtful practices of a small (but perhaps growing) number of employers, and have not been clear over exactly what type of contractual arrangements should be banned, and the possible methods and implications of doing so.

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