What is a Zero Hour Contract?

Zero Hours Contract


If you find yourself asking 'what is a zero hour contract?' look no further, we've put together a clear explaination to help you understand. This Zero Hours Contract template is designed to create an ‘on call’ arrangement between Employer and Employee. Zero hours contracts are used to cope with varying staff requirements, where the Employer is under no obligation to offer an Employee work but, when it does, the Employee is required to accept the offer.

Using this contract will allow Employers to retain a pool of workers to fill temporary positions as they arise. These individuals are workers, and not self-employed, because there is a global contract covering the periods when they are not working. If both parties are under an obligation to each other, so creating a mutuality of obligation, the worker may also be an employee with all the associated employment protection rights that entails.

For situations where the Employer has no obligation to offer work and the Employee is not required to accept the offer of work, see the Casual Work Contract.

The Pensions Act 2014 introduced a new state pension for people reaching state pension age on or after 6 April 2016, replacing the previous basic state pension and additional state pension and ending contracting out for defined-benefit schemes. This employment contract has been updated accordingly with the removal of the clause referring to the contracting out certificate.

This contract includes the following clauses:

1. General
2. Duties and Job Title
3. Date of Commencement / Date of Continuous Employment
4. Your availability for work
5. Availability of Work from the Company
6. Hours of Work
7. Place of Work
8. Pay
9. Holiday
10. Sickness
11. Maternity and Paternity Rights
12. Pensions
13. Non-Compulsory Retirement
14. Confidentiality
15. Collective Agreements
16. Grievance Procedures
17. Disciplinary Procedures
18. Staff Handbook and Employment Policies
19. Termination
20. Data Protection
21. Changes to Terms and Conditions of Employment
22. Severability
23. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

This Zero Hours Contract is in open format. Either enter the requisite details in the highlighted fields or adjust the wording to suit your purposes.

Clauses with optional and alternative phrases
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