Last year saw significant changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000 in relation to agreed hours of work, availability provisions, and zero hour contracts. Employment agreements must be complaint with the new provisions by 1 April 2017.

We advise all clients to review their employment agreements in light of the changes, particularly where employees are required to be available and are not currently compensated for that availability. Post 1 April 2017 any employment agreements that do not comply with the new rules are likely to be subject to scrutiny from the Labour Inspectorate.

Employment law is constantly evolving. We advise employers to review their employment agreements and policies on a regular basis, to ensure they are optimised for the business, and provide solid grounds for the employment relationship.

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