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Acas Council response to the Government's consultation on zero-hours contracts

Friday 14 March 2014

Acas Chair, Sir Brendan Barber, said:

"We believe that zero hours contracts with exclusivity clauses where there is no guarantee of work are likely to have a negative impact on employment relations. But an analysis of calls to our helpline shows that workers on any type of zero hours contract feel a wider sense of exclusion too.

"Many workers on these contracts are afraid of looking for work elsewhere, turning down hours, or questioning their employment rights in case their work is withdrawn or reduced. This deep rooted 'effective exclusivity' can be very damaging to trust and to the employment relationship.

"Our response today recommends new guidance on zero hours contracts so that both employees and employers are very clear on the working arrangements they are agreeing to. We also feel that more research is needed into the use of contractual arrangements in certain sectors of the economy."  

For the full Acas Council response to the Government's consultation on zero hours contracts, please see pdf icon Acas Council response to the Government’s consultation on zero-hours contracts [26kb].