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
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
Duties and Job
Date of Commencement /
Date of Continuous Employment
Your Availability for
Availability of Work
from the Company
Hours of Work
Place of Work
Staff Handbook and
Changes to Terms and
Conditions of Employment
Governing Law and
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