We recently posted an article concerning "Zero Hours" contracts; a topic which has been a major topic of discussion as of late. We were concerned that much of the media coverage presented such contracts as being a means for businesses to completely bypass people's employment rights. In this article we hope to shed more light on what it means to have/use "Zero Hours" contracts.
What are they?
The term 'zero hours' is not defined in legislation, but is generally understood to be a employment contract between an employer and a worker, which means the employer is not obliged to provide the worker with any minimum working hours, and the worker is not obliged to accept any of the hours offered.
When are zero hours contracts used ?
Zero-hours contracts may suit some people who want occasional earnings and are able to be entirely flexible about when they work. However, the unpredictable nature of working times means that they won't be for everyone.