Contract types

Clio SpringerEditor's message: Not all employees are engaged under standard full-time and permanent contracts. Employers and employees may enter into a contract type that is atypical. Employers can benefit from arrangements that fit around business needs, while employees may benefit from additional flexibility to fit work around their other commitments.

However, employers need to be aware that employees who work under certain types of contract may have legal rights specific to that type of contract.

For more details about different types of contract and the rights and obligations that go with them see Employment law manual > Contracts of employment > Types of contract.

The use of zero hours contracts has attracted a certain amount of publicity and criticism. From 26 May 2015, provisions in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 rendered unenforceable exclusivity terms, which prevent individuals from working for another employer, in zero hours contracts. Further Regulations protecting workers who breach an exclusivity term came into force on 11 January 2016. See Employment law manual > Contracts of employment > Types of contract > Protection for breaching exclusivity terms in zero hours contracts for more details.

Clio Springer, senior employment law editor

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