Zero Hour Contracts

The concept of ‘zero hour contracts’ (an arrangement where an employer does not commit to a minimum number of hours but an employee is required to be available for work) attracted criticism last year. Parliament has responded with the following amendments to our employment laws:

Employers will be required to ensure that an employee's agreed hours of work are included in the employment agreement.


  • Employers will be prohibited from requiring an employee to be available for work over and above their contracted hours unless the employment agreement provides compensation for that availability requirement.

  • A provision requiring an employee to be available for work will only be enforceable if there are genuine and reasonable grounds for that requirement and ‘reasonable’ compensation is paid for that availability.

  • If there is no availability provision in an employee's employment agreement providing for reasonable compensation, an employee will be able to refuse to perform additional work.

 

Source - Law Link