Casual Worker/ Zero Hours Contracts Comparison Table

Casual Workers / Zero Hours Comparison

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This Casual Workers / Zero Hours Comparison looks at the differences between Casual Work and Zero Hours Contracts on the Simply-Docs site and should enable a company to decide which of the two documents to use.  

Unhelpfully, the terms ‘casual workers’ and ‘zero hour workers’ are often used interchangeably and there is no definitive definition of what constitutes a zero hours contract. It is important therefore, that employers use the correct contract to meet their requirements.

For these purposes, then, the basic difference between these two contracts of employment are that a Casual Work Contract does not oblige the workers to accept the work offered to them, but a Zero Hours Contract will oblige workers to accept the assignment(s) offered to them. The Casual Workers / Zero Hours Comparison provides specific reference to the clauses within each of these employment contracts, such as annual leave and sickness, which define the distinct “employment” relationships covered by these documents.

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