Contract types

Felicity AlexanderEditor's message: Employers and employees may enter into a contract type that is atypical, ie it is not a standard full-time permanent contract. 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.

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.

Felicity Alexander, employment law editor

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