Groups push for reform not ban of zero hour working contracts

ZERO hours contracts should be reformed rather than banned, according to announcements from two organisations today, following a consultation on the practice.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) says that the government should act against exclusivity clauses rather than the contracts themselves. The change would mean that employers could not prevent employees from taking other work without a reason.

“Zero hours contracts can work well for both employers and individuals on these types of working arrangements” said CIPD’s Ben Wilmott.

The Work Foundation also argue the practice should not be banned, but are pushing for similar limits.

“If employers want to be free of the obligation to offer regular hours, employees must be safe in the knowledge they are free to turn down work without any fear of recrimination,” said chief economist Ian Brinkley.

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