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Just a quick one, i'm on a zero hour contract, hours set one week in advance,


on the day of your actual shift if it is quiet, the mgrs are now forcing people to finish early, are we not contracted to that shift? are they allowed to force you home early, and the flip side in theory they can make you stay late as well, essentially they can do anything they want to do....is this right?


any advice appreciated thanks guys! x

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It is yet another loophole which exists under a zero hours contract, and another reason why such contracts need to be limited. You only have rights to be paid for work completed, or for time where you must be available to the employer - if they give you advance notice, however short, that you will not be required, then there is no obligation to pay you as would be the case if you had a contract that required you to work for a specific period.


Having said that the devil will be in the detail of the contract - worth checking to see whether it is specific about any requirement or obligation once hours have been agreed for a particular shift. What is the nature of the work?

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its as a waiter in a pizza restaurant, so for instance if you were scheduled to work 12-4 on a saterday, you would be notified of this in writing the week before, but ha;fway through your shift be sent home early if its quiet, surely they have agreed that you will work that shift and as its in writing this counts as a contract?

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