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.
A tribunal has found that a CitySprint bicycle courier should be classed as a worker, rather than self employed.
Updated to reflect the Autumn Statement 2016 announcement that tax advantages for employee-shareholder status will end for new arrangements from 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.
The general secretary of the TUC Frances O'Grady warned "greedy businesses that treat workers like animals" that they have no place to hide in her speech at the TUC Congress in Brighton.
The number of people saying they work on a zero hours basis in their main job has increased by 21%, and nearly a third (31%) of people on such contracts say they want more hours than they are currently given.
Sports Direct is to offer its casual retail workers the opportunity to switch from a zero hours arrangement to a permanent contract guaranteeing at least 12 hours per week.
Updated to include information on new employment protections for zero hours contract workers.
In this week's podcast, we discuss the 2016 employment law agenda.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to zero hours contracts.