Zero Hour Contracts
Zero hour contracts are also known as casual contracts are usually for piece work , this means you are on call to work when you are needed, also employers don't have to give you work, but you don't have to work when asked. Along with other types of contracts zero hour workers are entitled to minimum wage in the same way as regular workers. Employers cant do anything to stop a zero hour worker from getting work elsewhere. The law says you can ignore a clause in their contract if it bans them from :
- Looking for work
- Accepting work from another employer
- Employers are still responsible for health and safety of staff on zero hour contacts.
In the UK, zero-hour contracts are controversial. British business leaders have supported them, stating that they provide a flexible labour market. They may be ideal for some people such as retirees and students who want occasional earnings and are able to be entirely flexible about when they work. Trade union groups and others have raised concerns about the possibility of exploitation and the use of such contracts by management as a tool to reward or reprimand employees for any reason, or for no reason. They also raise concerns about how workers can adequately assert their employment rights or maintain decent employment relations.
Gov.uk. (23 September 2016). Contract types and employer responsibilities. Available: https://www.gov.uk/contract-types-and-employer-responsibilities/zero-hour-contracts. Last accessed 22th November 2016.
employers can employ young people if they are 13 or over but there are special rules about how long they can work and what jobs they can do. Once someone is 18 they're classed as an adult worker and different rules apply. They must also do risk assessment before taking on young workers. Young people have employment rights like: statutory maternity pay and ordinary statutory paternity pay if they qualify as a result of their continuous employment. Also they get paid time off for study and training; with this they also get redundancy pay. Young workers have different national minimum wage.
Gov.uk. (23 September 2016). Contract types and employer responsibilities. Available: https://www.gov.uk/contract-types-and-employer-responsibilities/employing-family-young-people-and-volunteers. Last accessed 22th November 2016.