Zero hour contracts

What to watch out for in 2015 – Zero Hour Contracts

depositphotos_8874125-Changed-Priorities-Ahead-Sign-Isolated-on-WhiteSo much has been discussed about Zero Hour contracts (ZHC) (see our previous newsletters). Some arguing it is a flexible way of working for all, some an exploitation tool used by employers.

Whatever your personal view, in response, the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Bill 2014-15 is due to come into force sometime during 2015.

A key aim is to make exclusivity clauses in ZHC unenforceable.  But until it is published there may be other changes.  One thing for certain is that most feel there will be changes.

Whatever the change exactly how it will be enforced has not yet been decided, but fixed penalties and the ability for employees to seek compensation through tribunals has been discussed.

It will also to look at the employment status of ZHC.  Basically a clearer guide on whether they are workers or employees?  As there are different rights this is an important factor.

At present this is just proposed law, but it will be wise for us to all keep an eye on developments, particularly if you currently rely on ZHC, as something will be implemented.

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If it concerns the management of your workforce then I can help you, whether a small issue or a larger redundancy, TUPE or change situation.  Just pick up the phone and contact me for a free 30 minute consultation so we can discuss how I can help you.

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I hope you have found this employment update useful.  As with all legislation it is best to have this laid out in your Employees Handbook and have a good contract of employment.

A good Employee Handbook and aligned employee contract will not only ensure your legal compliance, it is a guide for your managers and employees on how you want your business to operate.  Thereby protecting your business and laying the foundations for good performance management.  Call me and we can discuss how I can help you.

This article has been extracted from our 2015 1st Quarter Employers Newsletter.  If you would like to read more click here.



Carole Thomson Chartered FCIPD, Tech IOSH
Senior HR Consultant and Trainer
HR Support for Business
Tel: 078994 25916/ 079412 62492 /01295 788 579

About Carole Thomson

Following 16 years implementing HR solutions for businesses I founded HR Support for Business. Designed to be a one stop trusted HR Resource centre for small and medium businesses. Working locally or virtually we can be your HR team member when you need us. Or give SMEs access to tried and trusted HR contracts, policies and documentation. A self service HR resource to make it easier for SMEs to manage their people and save time and money in development and management time.

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