Consultation on Zero Hour Contracts
Following the publication of the University of Limerick report on Zero Hours Contracts commissioned by the Government, Minister Nash has opened a public consultation on the recommendations put forward in the report.
While the report found that zero hour contracts are not widely used in Ireland, it identified the use of low hours or ‘if and when’ contracts. The recommendations made in the report propose legislating to ensure that in some cases employers would have to pay employees for a minimum of 3 continuous hours of work per day, even if hours worked are less than three, or that employers would have to give employees 72 hours notice of a request to undertake work. Many of the recommendations in this report are particularly worrying for businesses that rely on a flexible workforce or need to hire temporary staff at short notice.
We will be compiling a submission and welcome members feedback