Blog: Rocking the ‘gig’ economy – is the world of work evolving or regressing?

Anne-Marie Boyle, Specialist Employment Lawyer at Menzies Law
Rather like Brexit (a word you never thought you would use so often), the gig economy will be one of those phrases you will start to hear over and over again. It comes from the US (natch!) and describes the arrangements whereby independent contractors take on a series of short-term projects to suit their financial…
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Blog: From zero to hero? A closer look at zero hours contracts

Anne-Marie Boyle
Do you remember the days when zero hours contracts were the best thing since sliced bread?  Those contracts for casual working, under which the employer does not guarantee to provide the worker with any work and pays the worker only for work actually carried out? A good thing For employers, they offered the wonderful comfort…
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Newsflash: Guidance on 1) data protection and 2) zero hours contracts

1. Data protection – subject access requests The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published a guide, available here, on how to disclose information safely by removing personal data before publishing. The guide is relevant to employers who need to respond to subject access requests and/or freedom of information requests (if they are a public authority).…
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Zero hours contract – new laws coming…

What do we already know? In a July 2014 Newsflash Zero hours contracts – ban on exclusivity we let you know that the Government had announced plans to, amongst other things, ban exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts. The Government then launched a consultation, Banning Exclusivity Clauses: Tackling Avoidance, on how to prevent employers avoiding the exclusivity…
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Newsflash: Zero hours contracts and exclusivity

What do we already know? In a July Newsflash Zero hours contracts – ban on exclusivity we let you know that the Government had published its response to the zero hours consultation, announcing plans to, amongst other things, ban exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts. We also reported that the Government would further consult on…
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Newsflash: Zero hours contracts – ban on exclusivity

What do we already know? In our October and December 2013 Newsletters we discussed the debate on zero hours contracts and let you know that the Government launched a consultation on this in December 2013. For more detail see our updates here. What’s new? The Government has published its response to the zero hours consultation, announcing…
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Zero hours contracts: ACAS discussion paper

What do we already know? In our October and December 2013 Newsletters we discussed the debate on zero hours contracts and let you know that the Government launched a Consultation on this in December 2013. For more detail see our updates here. What’s new? ACAS has published a discussion paper, Give and take? Unravelling the…
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Zero hours contracts: Consultation launched

What do we already know? In our October 2013 Newsletter Zero-hours contracts: Consultation on its way… we discussed the controversy relating to zero-hours contracts and that the Government would be shortly consulting on the more concerning aspects of this type of contract. What’s new? Summary:  On 19 December 2013 the Government launched its consultation on…
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Zero-hours contracts: Consultation on its way…

What’s the fuss? As you may have noticed, there has been a lot of controversy recently over the use of zero-hours contracts. In the Summer, the Government announced its review of the growth of zero-hours contracts due to the number of organisations thought to be using such contracts and the ‘worrying level’ of insecurity for…
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