Job Share, Annualised Hours and Compressed Hours employment contracts updated.

June 2012
Flexible Employment Contracts

Hiring an employee on a part-time basis can have a variety of benefits for the employer. A part-time arrangement allows the employer and the employee much additional flexibility. The employer can have recruitment access to a wider group of people as many older workers or workers with young children may not be willing, or able, to work full-time. The employer may also find that they can hire people with greater skills and experience that they could not afford to hire on a full-time basis. Hiring part-time workers can ease pressure on full-time employees who have too much work to do and consequently reduce overtime costs.

This month Simply-docs has comprehensively reviewed and improved the following four flexible working agreements;

1. The Job Share Employment Contract

The Job Share employment contract provides for a structured form of part-time working, where two people share one job. The duties of the job are split, and the hours, pay and benefits of the full-time job are divided in direct proportion to the number of hours that each job-sharer works.

2. The Compressed Hours Employment Contract

The Compressed Hours contract effectively allows employees to work full time hours but in a different format to the more standard 9 – 5. Benefits for employers include a happier and therefore more productive workforce, and the ability to provide a better service to customers with staff in the office until later.

3. The Annualised Hours Employment Contract

The Annualised Hours employment contract allows for a total number of hours to be agreed between employer and employee, which are then worked in variable quantities over the year, allowing flexible working patterns to be used. This contract is particularly suited to industries that have peaks and troughs of demand, and can be a way of getting around the need for overtime.

4. The Part-Time Employment Contracts

Many employers have positions that do not require the employee to work 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, or wish to retain skilled workers who want or need to reduce their working hours. Likewise, many employees can see the benefit in working fewer hours a day or week because of family responsibilities or in order to pursue social or recreational pursuits. These contracts are for use when the employee is working agreed hours on fixed days in a week: one contains standard clauses and the other is a more basic version.

The contents of this Newsletter are for reference purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Independent legal advice should be sought in relation to any specific legal matter.

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