What is a Zero Hours Contract?

Zero Hours Contract

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If you find yourself asking 'what is a zero hours contract?' look no further, we've put together a clear explanation to help you understand, which you can take a look at here.

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. 

This Zero Hours Contract template is designed to create an ‘on call’ arrangement between Employer and Employee. For these purposes, then, 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. 

Employers should maintain records of the hours the individual has worked and details of the holiday taken. From 6 April 2020, the holiday pay reference period for workers without normal hours (like zero hours workers) increases from 12 to 52 weeks.

This contract is regularly reviewed to ensure it reflects the current position on zero hour contracts. 

This Zero Hours 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 document 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 appear in blue font. The way in which this document is designed ensures that it will make sense with or without the optional clauses. Tailor this contract by removing all phrases and clauses which are not relevant to your business. Once you have finished, please remember to highlight the whole document and switch the font colour to black. 

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