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Are Zero Hours Contracts Lawful?

8 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2014 Last revised: 10 Dec 2014

Ewan McGaughey

King's College London - School of Law

Date Written: November 29, 2014

Abstract

Are zero hours contracts lawful? This note responds to the DBIS consultation on banning exclusivity clauses (August 2014). It asks the following: what is a zero hours contract? To what extent are zero hours contracts legal? Why have zero hours contracts spread? And finally, what is the right thing to do?

Keywords: Zero hours, contracts, employment, bargaining power

JEL Classification: K12, K31, M51, E24

Suggested Citation

McGaughey, Ewan, Are Zero Hours Contracts Lawful? (November 29, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2531913 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2531913

Ewan McGaughey (Contact Author)

King's College London - School of Law ( email )

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