Innovative policy ideas to reduce the damage caused by zero-hours contracts.
Professor Keith Ewing, President of the IER and Professor of Public Law at Kings’ College London, provides some innovative policy ideas to reduce the damage caused by zero-hours contracts.
The expert recommends replacing zero-hours contracts with defined-hours contracts that set a minimum number of working hours per week or per month. A percentage of on-call time will also be defined, during which the employee should be paid a retainer of no less than the National Minimum Wage. He also allows rooms for businesses and workers who require even more flexibility by stating that non-defined hours contracts should continue to be permitted, but only where the company in question recognises a trade union, representatives from which then have responsibility to negotiate fair terms for employees.