Responding to recent commentary by trade unions, Ibec maintained its position that the proposed draft bill on zero-hours contracts is crude and disproportionate.
Ibec Director of Employer Relations, Maeve McElwee said: “This crude, disproportionate, proposed Bill has significant adverse consequences which very few people would want. It would deprive employees and employers of the ability to make their own flexible working arrangements and to adapt to change collaboratively.
“The proposed Bill represents a punitive piece of legislation that goes far beyond its intended purpose of protecting workers with low pay/low hour contracts. The result creates a significant cost and administrative burden for the majority of employers who should not fall within the scope of the legislative proposals.”
Amongst the negative consequences arising from the proposed Bill are:
- · Legislating for banded hours would have very negative effects for employers across all sectors, not least due to the disproportionate cost and administrative burden incurred in determining the average weekly hours worked by every employee, including salaried employees.
· It would pose particular obstacles to health and social care, where it can be difficult to reasonably know the work requirement within the short timeframes proposed for providing core terms.
· The prospect that failure to comply, could quickly give rise to prosecution of a criminal offence is of grave concern to employers.