A zero-hours worker is an employee that works for you, who has not been appointed fixed hours in the working week. As far as you, the business owner is concerned, they act like a tap that you can bring in whenever you need the extra help during the week.
5 Quick facts you should know:
- They must have a contract to count as a zero-hours worker
- They are entitled to as much notice as any other worker
- Zero-hours workers are entitled to the same amount of holiday pay as any other worker
- They are protected against unfair dismissal – and have all the same employment law rights as all other employees
- They are entitled to the same amount of sick pay as all other workers
Nb. The exact amount each zero-hours worker is owed should be specified in their contract – and if not, then they are entitled to the statutory minimum.
What constitutes a zero-hours worker?
Unsurprisingly, just like with all other employees, there is a formal process you must follow whilst employing a zero-hours worker. They must have a contract when working for you, and if not – then they don’t count as a zero-hours worker. If they have no contract, then they are a part-time worker, not a zero-hours worker. [Read more…]