Demand for flexible work patterns, potential loopholes, and problems with defining 'regular contract' means Labour's proposals face considerable challenges

Despite promises from Ed Miliband that a future Labour government will end the 'epidemic' of zero-hours contracts that are 'undermining family life', one employment specialist has argued that this may be easier said than done.

The Labour leader has declared that his government would pass a law that will give employees the right to a regular contract after 12 weeks of working regular hours.

However, Colin Leckey, a partner in the employment team at Lewis Silkin, said zero-hours contracts were nothing new, but was unsurprised that the publicity the issue has garnered over the last five years had made it an inevitable feature of the election...

Jean Yves

IICJ

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