CAN EMPLOYEES ON ZERO-HOUR CONTRACTS ASK FOR MORE STABLE CONTRACTS?
There has been a proposal taken from the government’s Good Work Plan, which plans a series of future initiatives designed to give extra rights to those with unsecure contracts.
It has been confirmed that all employees will have the right to request more stable contracts once they have been in employment with the same employer for a minimum of 26 weeks. Therefore, employees on zero-hour contracts who meet the criteria will be able to submit a request to their employer for:
- – a fixed working patterns
- – a guaranteed number of hours each week or month
- – to work on set days i.e. Monday to Friday
The government have not yet confirmed a start date, but we can expect this to come into force sometime after 2020.
Although not confirmed, it is expected that the right to request a more stable contract will work in the same way as the right to request flexible working. If this is the case, then employees on zero-hour contracts will need to submit a request in writing to their employer outlining their requirements. The employer will then be expected to review the request, consider whether they can agree to it and inform the employee of their decision within three months.
When it comes to the employer considering the request they will need to consider the demands on the business and genuinely assess if the request can be met. They will be able to reject a request providing they can present a valid business reason for doing so.
Should you require any further information then please do not hesitate to contact one of the Your Tax Shop team based in Tameside.