Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has announced his decision to launch a consultation on zero-hours contracts later this year, to "explore how to tackle any abuses, particularly around exclusivity".

This follows increased media interest in the use of such contracts. An employment tribunal claim has been brought against Sports Direct by an individual on a zero hours contract denied paid annual leave, sick pay and bonuses. She is reported to be claiming indirect sex discrimination, less favourable treatment due to part-time status, and breach of working time rules.

Our article considering the issues surrounding zero hours contracts is available on our blog here.