Casual or zero hours employment contract (ET008)

Employers should use this employment contract when taking on new members of staff, either for a fixed priod or ongoing, where there are no set working hours or, alternatively, work is provided on an 'as required' casual basis where there is no onus on the employee to accept the work offered.

This employment contract must be given to the employee within two months of starting. Failure to provide employees with a written statement of certain specific details of their employment within two months is unlawful.

The contract covers issues such as probation, remuneration, illness, annual leave entitlement, pension schemes, references, disciplinary procedures and confidentiality, among other matters.

This contract should be used in conjunction with an employee handbook containing more detailed HR and employment policies.You can also use LawOnline's 'Employee handbook' (EP004) document for this purpose.

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Employment - contracts
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