Employment Legislation

What are the Increased Rights for Workers on Zero-Hours Contracts?

Legislation

What are the Increased Rights for Workers on Zero-Hours Contracts?

Due Date

Announced 17 December 2018. Implementation date to be decided.

Summary

One in nine workers are in insecure forms of employment such as zero-hours contracts. In its ‘Good Work Plan’ policy paper, the Government is proposing to increase the rights of zero-hours contracts workers by introducing, amongst other policies, the “right to request”. This is a fixed working pattern after working on a zero-hours contract for more than six months.

Key Points of the Proposed New Legislation

The new legislation will:

  • Introduce the right to request a fixed working pattern after sex months
  • Repeal the Swedish derogation which allows organisations to pay agency workers on cheaper rates than permanent staff
  • Extend the right to a written statement of rights from a person’s first day in their job
  • Increase the maximum fines handed out at Employment Tribunals to employers that have shown malice, spite or gross oversight from £5,000 to £20,000
  • Extend the holiday pay reference period from 12 to 52 weeks to ensure that those in seasonal roles are able to take the time off that they are entitled to
  • Lower the threshold required for a request to set up information and consultation arrangements from 10% of employees to 2%
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