Interesting report on a report commissioned from UL on the use and misuse of zero hours contracts - it's a controversial area!!
The report says there is a lack of clarity about the employment status of individuals who work exclusively if-and-when hours. “As there is no mutuality of obligation between an employer and individual with ‘if-and-when’ hours (ie, there is no obligation to provide work or perform work), there is a strong likelihood that individuals in this situation are not defined as employees with a contract of service. Consequently, questions arise on the extent to which they are covered by employment legislation,” it states