Are 'zero hour' contracts lawful & what is the law on casual contracts?Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 6 July 2010
The answer to your first question is, in short, yes. The answer to the second could take a little bit longer!
Firstly, zero hours contracts are a type of casual contract and although not legally defined, they have become the day-to-day name for a casual contract under which an employer does not guarantee to provide the worker with work and only pays the worker for the work actually done. These contracts provide businesses with a high degree of flexibility whilst aiming to incur as few obligations to the worker as possible. The practicalities of how the work is offered and accepted will vary
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