Zero-Hours Contracts

Posted in : How do I handle it NI on 14 January 2014
Amanda Espey
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I want to engage new staff on zero-hours contracts, but I am aware that there has been a lot of bad press about these recently. Does this mean I should not use zero-hours contracts anymore?”

Amanda Espey from the Employment team at Tughans writes:

Despite the media spotlight on zero-hours contracts in recent months, it is still lawful for employers to engage workers under zero-hours working arrangements.

What are Zero-Hours Contracts?

Whilst there is no accepted legal definition of what a zero-hours contract is, generally speaking, such contracts will be contracts for casual working whereby the employer does not guarantee to provide work, and only pays for work actually done. Under some

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This article is correct at 06/08/2015

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