Zero hours contracts in Scotland: interim report: report, together with formal minutes

Document type
Report
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Scottish Affairs Committee
Publisher
TSO
Date of publication
14 April 2014
Series
House of Commons papers, session 2013/14; HC 654
Subject(s)
Employment
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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Zero hours contracts and other forms of casual labour can benefit workers and employers in Scotland but this inquiry showed that, too often, the relationship is unbalanced, leaving the employer with all of the flexibility and few costs and the worker in fear of dismissal, denied access to due rights of employment and, in some cases, earning less than the minimum wage. The Government must do more to protect workers who wish to challenge unfair, unsafe or unlawful conditions of employment. Workers should be told from the outset of their employment what type of contract they are on and a written contract setting out the terms and conditions must follow within two months. There should be a minimum notice period of work and workers should not be punished for turning down offers of work made within that period. Where workers arrive for work but find none available then the employer should compensate them for the inconvenience. Travel time between appointments should be paid and pay for zero hours workers should accurately reflect the number of hours that are worked to fulfil contracted duties.

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