The the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018 comes into effect on 1st March 2019. The Act’s main provisions make significant amendments to both the Terms of Employment (Information) Act 1994 and the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 by introducing minimum working hours, introducing employees who have regularly worked hours incorporated into minimum working hours and requiring employers to issue a mini-statement of terms within 5 days of someone commencing work. Whilst the Act aims to protect people who have unpredictable and insecure working hours, it applies to all employees.
The main provisions in the Act include:
- All new employees must be issued with five core terms of employment within five days of commencing work. Penalties will apply if employers do not adhere.
- Employers cannot have an employee on a zero hour contract. The Act requires that there must be a minimum number of hours on any contract unless it is work of a casual nature, an emergency or short-term relief.
- Banded hours apply where an employee can request their contract hours to fall within one of eight bands. Eligibility for the appropriate band depends on an average of the hours worked over the previous 12 months
Further details are outlined for Members in the Member’s area.