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What contract are you on with reference to hours with your employer?


I came across the article: “McDonald’s employees vote to strike over pay and zero-hours concerns” which is a topic that we have addressed historically. The McDonalds employees appear to have united and are keen to try and force a change in company legislation as the burden of low pay and Zero-Hour contracts are taking their toll.

“In a statement, the BFAWU said: “Workers have found themselves living on low wages with no guarantee of hours. This has been viewed by some as punishment for joining a union, and has seen employees struggle to meet their rent payments, whilst some have even lost their homes.” (Friday 18 August 2017, https://www.theguardian.com)

It would seem that while Zero Hours Contracts definitely have their place for the majority of employers, enforcing them upon employees is certainly a controversial move. They would appear to be most suited to those who require part time hours, managing a hectic personal schedule, while still requiring some additional income. However it would seem relying solely on a contract that stipulates you may get zero hours in a week really does apply excessive pressure to the employee.

“McDonald’s, which employs around 85,000 staff in the UK and 1 million worldwide, announced in April that workers would be offered a choice of flexible or fixed contracts with minimum guaranteed hours.The move followed trials in 23 restaurants, which will be extended to 50 more sites before being rolled out nationally.”

So how does this apply to us here at Thinking Software?

For those of you not familiar with us here at Thinking Software, we have developed and support our Enterprise Time & Attendance solution, Rota Horizon.

It provides you with the perfect Workforce Management tool to accurately record and monitor employee attendance. Our solution also seamlessly integrates with the majority of Access Control Manufacturers hardware, more information on those we currently integrate with can be found Here.

The solution allows you to: Electronically plan your staff rotas more efficiently, produce over 150 Time & Attendance reports, Monitor lateness, absence & break times, Calculate employee work and overtime hours as well as exporting accumulated hours to any payroll system or excel spreadsheet to match these up against the relevant pay rates.

With reference to the article addressed specifically, however you choose to manage the hours that your employees have worked, Rota Horizon is the perfect tool to help you plan, remain compliant and communicate these for Payroll purposes.

With reference to Zero Hours contracts employees it will be highlighted within their employee profile that they’re contracted to do no hours. This will be highlighted in the format shown below. As a result this will ensure that Rota Horizon helps you remain compliant by abiding by those contract rules when designing the weekly rota.

With there no contractual obligation for Zero Hours Contract employees to meet, Rota Horizon can be used to ensure that those that do, get prioritised and those with Zero Hours Contracts make up any additional hours that our required. This approach works particularly effectively in; Hospitality, The care Sector and manufacturing where we are currently helping a wealth of organisations that can be seen Here.

The introduction of Zero Hours Contracts would come as a result of an unpredicatable demand, meaning that when there is a greater volume of work, more staff are required and less o in the opposite scenario. As a result budgets can be set based on the demand of work coming in within Rota Horizon meaning it can be used as an effective Forecasting and Budgeting tool as well. Rota Horizon knows what hours employees have worked at the necessary pay rates and will compare this to the budget set as show below.

For any additional information on Rota Horizon this can be found on our website at: https://www.thinking-software.com/rota-horizon/

Please also feel free to request a software web demonstration by Clicking Here or you can contact our Business Development Team any time on 0800 854 471.

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