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Zero hours contract checklist

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Here are a few important steps to take to finish your document

  • Read the document to make sure it meets your needs and that everyone involved agrees with the zero hours contract.
  • Be aware that exclusivity terms in zero hours contracts are unenforceable.
  • Take into account the holiday requirements of zero hours workers. Zero hours workers are entitled to the statutory minimum of 28 days’ annual leave (including bank holidays), although this is pro-rata (based on the average number of days they work per week).
  • Benefits offered to permanent employees can be extended to workers under a zero hours contract, however, make sure these are offered to all workers so as to avoid discrimination.

Remember that if you have any questions you can easily Ask a lawyer.

Signing in print 

  1. Print a copy for the business and a copy for the worker (the parties).
  2. Date and sign both copies and send them to the worker.
  3. Ask the worker to date and sign both copies and return one to you. The worker will keep the second copy for their records.
  4. The date of the contract is the date on which the parties signed if that was the same day. If they signed on different days, then it is the day when the last person signed.


  • If you used e-sign, a copy will be stored under "My Documents" in both the employer's and employee's Rocket Lawyer accounts.

In print 

  • The business should keep the original signed agreement, as well as a copy for their records.
  • The employee should keep their own original signed agreement.

Make sure you review the zero hours arrangement on a regular basis and ensure the contract reflects what happens in practice.

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