Do zero hours contract workers have any legal rights?

Yes. There is a widespread misconception that zero hours contract workers have no employment rights. This is not true.

Your basic statutory rights include the right to:

  • be paid the National Minimum Wage;
  • statutory holiday;
  • working time rights, including a right to rest breaks;
  • protection from discrimination;
  • information about your pay, notice and holiday entitlement;
  • an itemised payslip;
  • data protection rights;
  • not to be treated less favourably than a comparable full-time worker where you work;
  • have tax and national insurance deducted from your wages at source;
  • to join a union;
  • to be accompanied to a discipline or grievance meeting by a co-worker or a trade union rep of your choosing;
  • to protection of your health and safety at work;
  • statutory sick pay (if your earnings meet the eligibility threshold);
  • pensions auto-enrolment rights (if your earnings meet the eligibility threshold);
  • protection from detriment if you work for another employer in breach of a contract term prohibiting this.
Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.