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Queen's Speech to target zero-hours contracts and late payments

Laws surrounding zero-hours contracts and the late payment of suppliers are expected to be raised in the Queen’s Speech when Parliament re-opens this week.

The speech, which marks the start of a new parliamentary year and is used to outline the government’s proposed policies and legislation for the coming session, will take place on June 4. It is expected to include an intention to reform zero-hours employment contracts.

The new legislation is would allow staff employed on zero-hour contracts to work for more than one employer, according to the Sunday Times. There are thought to be more than 1.4m zero-hours workers in Britain.

Sports Direct hit the headlines last year for employing around 20,000 staff on zero-hour contracts.

New laws are also expected to be announced that will force large companies to pay suppliers on time.

A recent review into late payments found 85% of smaller companies had experienced delays in the past two years, which meant they had outstanding invoices worth more than £30bn.

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