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Zero Hours Guide

NB:  Changes to the legislation were introduced from  1st September 2015 in respect of removing the 8 hour threshold for the purposes of calculating length of service and the right to claim for unfair dismissal.  These changes are likely to mean that people working under zero hour contracts are employees and therefore will receive the same rights as all other employees.  However this is likely to only be determined by the Tribunal.

We have revised our Zero Hours Guide to assist both businesses and individuals and added a new FAQs guide aimed at employees. It is important that both businesses and individuals understand the nature of a zero hours relationship. The guide includes:

  • An explanation of zero hours contracts including exactly what they are;
  • Guidance on: how they should be used, the benefits, the downsides and the relationship between the parties;
  • Flow chart
  • A template zero hours statement (contract).

To access Zero Hour Guide the guide, please click here.

To access the Employee FAQs guide, please click here.

Should you have any queries about zero hours contracts or if you would like more information please contact JACS on 730503 or


JACS - September 2016


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