Are 'zero hour' contracts lawful & what is the law on casual contracts?Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 6 July 2010
“Zero Hour” contracts are lawful. Section 18 of the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997 provides employees hired on such contracts with minimum payment rights.
This section of the Act ensures that employees receive remuneration in circumstances where they are required to: (a) be available to work for a certain number of hours in a week without a guarantee that work will be provided to them,
(b) be available for work as and when required by the employer.
In either of these situations, or even if there is a combination of the two, an employee is entitled to a payment of 25% of the hours which they would have been required to work or 15 hours pay, whichever is the lesser in the specific
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