Definition Of Zero Hours Contract

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The term ‘zero-hours contract’ is defined in section 153 of the Small Business, Employment and Enterprise Act 2015 as; “a contract of employment or other worker’s contract under which— (a) the undertaking to do or perform work or services is an undertaking to do so conditionally on the employer making work or services available to the worker, and (b) there is no certainty that any such work or services will be made available to the worker.” Before this however, there were various definitions that were applied in cases and government documentation when discussing the topic of a zero-hours contract. The main recognised definition is a contract “between an employer and a worker where the employer is not obliged to provide any minimum working hours, and the worker is not obliged to accept any work offered.” This definition is also confirmed by the definition given in new government guidance; “one in which the employer does not guarantee the individual any hours of work. The employer offers the individual work when it arises, and the individual can either accept the work offered, or decide not to take up the offer of work on that occasion.” (London Department for Business, Innovations and Skills., 2015). However, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development gives a slightly definition of “an agreement between two parties that one may be asked to perform work for the other but there is no set minimum number of hours. The contract will provide what pay the individual
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