UK: Are ‘zero-hours contracts’ an alternative to the use of agency workers?

In a recent survey on employment trends in 2012, the CBI reported that the increased costs and complexity brought about by the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 have resulted in more than half of companies reducing their use of agency workers and one in 12 stopping using agency workers altogether. Employment lawyer Julia Williams looks at "zero-hours contracts" … Read more

UK: New national minimum wage rates

From 1 October 2012 the national minimum wage hourly rate for workers aged 21 and over increases to £6.19, the hourly rate for workers aged 18-20 and workers aged 16 and 17 remains £4.98 and £3.68 respectively, and the rate for apprentices increases to £2.65. The accommodation offset rises to £4.82 a day. Read more

Case law developments on outsourcing and contract labour in Indonesia and Korea

The ability to use atypical workers through outsourcing or labour hire as a device for employers to avoid employment costs and liabilities is becoming more limited in Asia through increased regulation and also through case law developments. In Indonesia, outsourcing has been restricted by the Constitutional Court declaring the use of fixed term employment agreements … Read more

Spain: Annulment of dismissals of top executives

In its decision dated 18 June 2012, the Spanish Supreme Court declared that the dismissal of a top executive was null and void due to breach of his fundamental rights. Although a top executive employment contract is based on a relationship of trust and good faith between the parties, industrial action on the part of … Read more