Zero hours contracts - Key points
Published On:Friday, November 20, 2015
Zero hours contracts normally mean there is no obligation for employers to offer work, or for workers to accept it.
Most zero hours contracts will give staff 'worker' employment status.
Zero hours workers have the same employment rights as regular workers, although they may have breaks in their contracts, which affect rights that accrue over time.
Zero hours workers are entitled to annual leave, the National Minimum Wage and pay for work-related travel in the same way as regular workers.
What are they?
A zero hours contract is generally understood to be a contract between an employer and a worker where:
- the employer is not obliged to provide any minimum working hours, and
the worker is not obliged to accept any work offered