Employing Casual Workers

Client: NRG Marketing

NRG Marketing is an established marketing agency on the South Coast – bringing a wealth of experience from ‘big business’ – the team devotes its time to clients and supporting local causes.

The company needed to take on a part-time sales person but was unsure how many hours per week were required so wanted to keep things flexible. The company needed to explore which type of contract would best suit the situation, still keeping overheads down and making sure it was doing everything by the book!

The Solution:
A bespoke ‘casual worker agreement’ for the new sales person who will work on a flexible basis without any mutual obligation to provide or accept work; along with a suite of ‘new starter’ documents to be used for the current hire and when taking on staff in the future.

What we did:
We advised on the various contractual relationships that exist in law and the options available to NRG. This included comparing the statutory rights available to people working under a ‘casual’ arrangement and those who have ’employee status’ – this helped the Director understand NRG’s obligations as an employer and the likely costs of employing casual workers.

We advised the Director on the recent legislative changes in relation to Zero Hours contracts and how best to manage a casual worker to avoid any breach in the law. We explained the way in which casual workers accrue statutory holiday entitlement and how this is paid in line with the Working Time Directive.

We provided bespoke letters and documents – the essentials for employing casual workers which included:

  • Casual worker agreement
  • Job description
  • Health and safety statement
  • Induction checklist
  • Health questionnaire
  • Reference request letter
  • Right to Work guidance

The Outcome:
An employment arrangement that enabled the company to take on its new sales person on a flexible basis, while keeping costs down and complying with the law. The arrangement suited the new sales person too as she wanted flexibility and the option to turn the work down on any given week – as an aspiring actress she wanted to be able to go to auditions or be away at a show when the need arose!

Sussex HR Hub are invaluable to NRG Marketing. As a small business it’s so important to get HR right. Dianne is tactful, approachable and clearly knows her field. Highly recommended – what a great service!
Greg Parker – Director, NRG Marketing