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Use of 'zero-hours' contracts by UK employers increasing, but difficulty in defining them remains, says expert

The number of 'zero-hours' contracts issued by UK employers reached 1.8 million last summer, while 2.3% of the total UK workforce said they were employed on this type of contract in their main job as of the end of last year, according to official figures.... 25 Feb 2015

Working Time Directive to be reviewed to reflect changes in working patterns, says Commission

The European Commission is right to review 20-year-old European laws governing employee working hours, holidays and rest breaks to ensure their continuing effectiveness, an expert has said. 16 Jan 2015

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Court of Appeal: employer not in breach of duty of care by beginning disciplinary proceedings

A university did not breach its duty of care towards an employee by beginning disciplinary proceedings against her after what the employee argued was an inadequate investigation, the Court of Appeal in England and Wales has ruled. 16 Oct 2014

Businesses, trade unions asked to help identify zero hours contract exclusivity ban 'loopholes'

"Unscrupulous" employers will not be able to circumvent new rules which would stop them from preventing workers on zero hours contracts from finding additional work elsewhere, the business secretary has announced. 28 Aug 2014

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