Countdown begins to zero-hours contracts ban

A new bill will give employees more certainty over working hours

Every week, large numbers of employees across Ireland have little certainty about their working hours. Employment contracts which oblige employees to make themselves available for a certain number of hours per week, but where no minimum hours of work are guaranteed by their employer, are known as “zero-hours contracts”.

These arrangements can make working life more precarious for employees and can result in income uncertainty. However, there is also evidence to suggest that ...