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New laws announced for workers, including those on zero hours contractsNew laws announced for workers, including those on zero hours contracts

The government has announced that new legislation will be introduced to provide better protection for workers, including zero-hours contracts and agency employees.

Ministers say the new legislation will:

  • Ensure firms will have to provide a "statement of rights" on the first day of a person's employment, setting out what paid leave they are entitled to, including for illness, maternity and paternity leave;
  • Ensure that companies will have to calculate holiday pay based on 52 weeks, as opposed to 12 weeks, so people in "seasonal or atypical roles get the paid time off they are entitled to;
  • Introduce the right for all workers, not just zero hour and agency workers, to request a more predictable and stable contract;
  • Close a loophole that had allowed agency staff to be paid less than permanent employees;
  • Increase the maximum fine employers face at a tribunal from £5,000 to £20,000, if they are found to have demonstrated "malice, spite or gross oversight".

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