Shift Worker Employment Contract Template

Shift Work Employment Contract


This Shift Work Employment Contract is designed for use by businesses which, by nature of their industry or the need to remain competitive, employ people to work shifts and keep their business operating 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

This employment contract has a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)-compliant data processing clause. After 25 May 2018, employers must use this clause, as employers will not be able to rely on the existing generic consent clauses.

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 allows for flexibility and alteration of shift work patterns, and space has been left for the specific details of the shift work patterns to be inserted according to business’ specific needs.

The employment contract complies with all of the necessary employment law and details employee’s rights and company obligations, therefore minimising the risk that an employer will be found to have breached any of those rights or obligations.

This contract entitles the employer to ask employees to work overtime at short notice, but clarifies the duty of employers to arrange free medical checks for employees who work night shifts. There are also “shift swap” clauses which explain how employees can swap shifts and set out the mechanics of swapping shifts.

This Shift Work Employment Contract includes the following clauses:

1. General
2. Duties and Job Title
3. Date of Commencement / Date of Continuous Employment
4. Hours of Work/Shift Work
5. Place of Work
6. Remuneration
7. Holidays
8. Sickness Absence
9. Maternity and Paternity Rights
10. Termination of Employment
11. Pension
12. Non-Compulsory Retirement
13. Collective Agreements
14. Grievance Policy
15. Disciplinary Procedure
16. Staff Handbook and Employment Policies
17. Data Protection
18. Changes to Terms and Conditions of Employment
19. Severability
20. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

This contract is in open format. Fields should be completed where indicated.

Clauses with optional and alternative phrases

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