Contract types and employer responsibilities
6. Zero hour contracts
Zero hour contracts are also known as casual contracts. Zero hour contracts are usually for ‘piece work’ or ‘on call’ work, eg interpreters.
- they are on call to work when you need them
- you don’t have to give them work
- they don’t have to do work when asked
You can’t do anything to stop a zero hours worker from getting work elsewhere. The law says they can ignore a clause in their contract if it bans them from:
- looking for work
- accepting work from another employer
You are still responsible for health and safety of staff on zero hour contracts.