Editor's message: Employers and employees may enter into a contract type that is atypical, ie it is not a standard full-time permanent contract. Employers can benefit from arrangements that fit around business needs, while employees may benefit from additional flexibility to fit work around their other commitments.
However, employers need to be aware that employees who work under certain types of contract may have legal rights specific to that type of contract.
The use of zero hours contracts has attracted a certain amount of publicity and criticism. From 26 May 2015, provisions in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 rendered unenforceable exclusivity terms, which prevent individuals from working for another employer, in zero hours contracts.
Felicity Alexander, employment law editor
Updated to include information on the draft Public Sector Apprenticeship Targets Regulations.
Updated to reflect that, from 1 April 2017, it will be an offence for training providers to describe training as an "apprenticeship" where it is not a statutory apprenticeship.
The number of people working under zero hours contracts appears to have slowed significantly in 2016, according to fresh analysis of labour market data.
Matthew Taylor, the head of Theresa May's independent review of modern employment practices, has said that businesses are using self-employment rules to avoid tax.
Updated to include information on the Government's response to its consultation on apprenticeship targets for public-sector bodies and draft Regulations.
A tribunal has found that a CitySprint bicycle courier should be classed as a worker, rather than self employed.
Updated to reflect the announcement that the tax advantages linked to shares awarded under employee-shareholder agreements will be abolished for arrangements entered into on or after 1 December 2016.
The Government seeks views on the status and rights of workers, agency workers, the self-employed and those working in the "gig economy", as well as the role of trade unions in representing these workers.
Updated to include information on Brettle and others v Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, in which the employment tribunal held that the calculation of holiday pay should include voluntary overtime.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to contract types.