Description:The focus of the University of Limerick Study on the Prevalence of Zero Hour Contracts and Low Hour Contracts among Irish Employers and their Impact on Employees was stated to be zero hour and low hours contracts but the authors seemed to view all forms of flexible working as interchangeable. Ibec wishes to respectfully register its concern at the extent to which the authors went beyond the scope of the study’s terms of reference.
Implication(s):Little regard seems to be had to the pressure that many employers face to provide flexible work for employees seeking such arrangements and the need in certain sectors to provide a 24 hour 7 day service to service users and patients. The other point which must be made in this respect is that there is generally a finite number of working hours available in an individual workplace. Compelling an employer to provide a minimum number of hours to a specific cohort of employees is likely to lead to a reduction in hours elsewhere, having a negative impact on other employees.
Current Position:The Department are doing background work to look at other options internationally. The next step will be a further consultation process once the new Minister is in place and briefed.
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