Zero-hours contracts: firms could be forced to pay more for short notice

Government’s employment tsar suggests firms pay premium rate if they call upon workers contracted to be on standby for work

Businesses who employ people on zero-hours contracts could be forced to pay a premium rate for short-notice work, the government’s employment tsar has said, in an effort to stop “lazy” employers exploiting staff.

Matthew Taylor was appointed by Theresa May last October to review employment practices in the light of concerns about the precarious nature of work, particularly in the gig economy.

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