Updated to take into account the Government's announcement in its Good work plan, on the right to request a stable contract.
The Irish government has said it will end most zero-hour contracts in the country by summer as its Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill completed its final stages in the Seanad (senate) earlier this week.
Almost half of people on zero-hours contracts want to work more hours and in a more regular shift pattern, but almost the same proportion are satisfied with the hours they work.
In Roddis v Sheffield Hallam University, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that a lecturer employed under a zero hours contract was employed under the same type of contract as a permanent full-time lecturer for the purposes of his claim of less favourable treatment under the Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 (SI 2000/1551).
Two-thirds of employers back the introduction of a right for agency workers and zero-hours contract workers to request a stable contract.
HM Revenue and Customs is reportedly investigating allegations that delivery company Hermes trained managers to mislead tax officials about how it treated workers.
The number of people on zero hour contracts in the UK increased by around 100,000 last year, according to the Office for National Statistics.
MPs have accused the Government of being too slow to act on recommendations that would protect the rights of gig economy workers and people on zero-hour contracts.
How you're employed or hired can have a bearing on the way you're looked after by your employer, writes Tim Walsh.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to zero hours and casual contracts.