Are zero hour contracts legal?
Short answer to this question is yes. Zero hour contracts or casual contracts are legal contracts, however as an employer you should bear in mind that although these contracts mean that you do not have to offer regular hours to your employee they are still a legal agreement and you do have responsibilities, for example
- Zero hour workers are still entitled to statutory annual leave
- Zero hour workers are still entitled to the National Minimum Wage
- You are still responsible for the Health and Safety
- You cannot prevent them from looking for work elsewhere
There is a difference between zero hour workers and freelance self employed workers and you should consult a HR professional to ensure that you are contracting your team properly.
Filled Under: Contracts Posted on: 2nd November 2020