Zero Hours Contracts
What are zero hours contracts?
There is no legal definition of a zero-hours contract. However, it is generally accepted that a zero-hours contract is a casual worker contract where there will be no guarantee that the employer will offer any work, though the worker is expected to accept any work offered. The worker will only be paid for hours actually worked.
A zero-hours worker can be either an employee or a worker, depending on the individual circumstances.
Can our employment solicitors help?
If you need a zero hours contract drafting, or need a review of an existing contract, take a look at our employment contracts page and give us a call on 0845 225 2635
Why use a zero hours contract?
Zero-hours contracts are currently subject to much political debate. There is no regulation of zero-hours contracts, unlike in some other EU countries where there are restrictions on employers and workers entering into this type of arrangement. One view is that employers are able to take advantage of staff and avoid some employment law obligations by using zero-hours contracts. On the other hand, the ability to use this type of arrangement gives employers flexibility, which is key in many industries, for example retail and hospitality, where it may not be possible to predict business and staffing needs throughout the year.
Zero-hours contracts and employment rights – a tricky area
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