Zero Hours Contracts

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Zero hours contracts, are back in the media again…

If you haven’t already taken notice, a zero hours contract is used to describe a casual agreement between an employer and an individual where work demands are irregular or there is not a constant need for staff.

Zero hours contracts may be useful for the following:

  • New Businesses: whilst building up a customer base; or
  • Seasonal work: when additional staff are needed due to a high demand such as retail staff at Christmas; or
  • Unexpected sickness: if someone is off sick and experienced/ qualified staff are needed such as a pharmacist; and
  • Special Events: extra staff may be needed for a wedding or festival, etc.

Employers, need to be mindful that individuals should not be given a zero hours contract as a permanent arrangement if it is not justifiable, but what does that mean?

Employers should consider whether a zero hours contract is the best type of contract for their business, depending on the type of work offered and the circumstances and consider the alternatives to a zero hours contract, such as recruiting a part time employee or hiring agency staff on a temporary or fixed term contract, all of which need to be drafted correctly in order to protect your company.

If you require any advice or just want to ask a question please speak to us at Cinch Legal on 01925 594 929 or Legal@thecinchgroup.com

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