Could zero hours workers gain the right to request a move to a fixed number of hours?
It is according to reports indicating that the government appointee Matthew Taylor’s review into modern employment practices, due to be published this summer, will recommend a new right for workers on zero hours contracts. It’s believed that a right to request more hours will be similar to regulations such as the right to request flexible working, requiring employers to provide “serious” business reasons to refuse a request.
A move in the right direction? Our David Sorensen, partner, says – “this may help reduce the number of zero hours workers but still, of course, gives employer a right to refuse a request. It’s better than nothing but, in my opinion, not a sufficiently big enough change to make a significant impact on the currently relentless rise of zero hours working. More boldness is needed please”.