Editor'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
Updated to include information on Johnstone & Johnstone v Glasgow City Council, on the employment status of foster carers under the MTFC programme.
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Updated to include information on Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Willetts and others, in which the Employment Appeal Tribunal held that the calculation of holiday pay should include voluntary overtime.
We discuss Matthew Taylor's review of modern employment practices, which outlined seven key principles for "good quality work for all".
Updated to include guidance from the NHS Staff Council in relation to pay and conditions of apprentices in the NHS.
Updated to include information on recommendations relating to employment status and zero hours contracts in the Taylor review of modern working practices.
A model letter offering permanent employment to an apprentice whose apprenticeship is coming to an end.
A model letter to invite an apprentice whose apprenticeship is coming to an end to an informal meeting to discuss practical issues and the parties' intentions.
A model letter to confirm what has been discussed at an informal meeting with an apprentice whose apprenticeship is coming to an end.
Workers on zero hours contracts could be given the right to request a move to a fixed number of hours.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to contract types.