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Shift Worker Employment Contract Template

Shift Work Employment Contract

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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.

Employers must provide workers and employees with a written statement of their main terms and conditions of employment and this is often known as a Standard Form Section One Statement.


This Employment Contract covers the requirements of a Standard Form Section One Statement. This contract complies with these requirements and must be provided to the employee or worker by day one of employment.

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. Work outside the UK

7. Remuneration and Benefits
8. Holidays
9. Other paid leave

10. Training

11.Sickness Absence
12. Maternity and Paternity Rights
13. Termination of Employment
14. Pension
15. Non-Compulsory Retirement
16. Collective Agreements
17. Grievance Policy
18. Disciplinary Procedure
19. Staff Handbook and Employment Policies
20. Data Protection
21. Changes to Terms and Conditions of Employment
22. Severability
23. Governing Law and Jurisdiction
24. Right to Work in the UK

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

Clauses with optional and alternative phrases

Options and alternatives appear in blue font. The way in which this document is designed ensures that it will make sense with or without these 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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