...In fact, employees on zero-hours contracts have many of the same rights as employees on permanent contracts. "Any business wanting to use these contracts must remember that workers under [them] still have the right to rest breaks, annual leave accrual, sick pay and national minimum or living wage," adds Esyllt Green, employment lawyer at Capital Law.
"They also have the same discrimination rights – and their contract must not contain any exclusivity clauses that would prohibit them from doing any other work elsewhere.”
Zero-hours contracts offer pros and cons for workers and small company owners – and there are responsibilities and legal issues to consider. A reported 905,000 people in the UK are on zero-hours contracts (which don’t guarantee a minimum number of working hours), according to the Office for National Statistics. That’s an increase of 101,000 on the year.