Zero hours contract... What to do if you haven't yet paid someone?

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  1. Training wheels!

    Training wheels! UKBF Newcomer

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    Any help gratefully received re zero hours contracts! I started my own business a year ago. It's been a slow start but I'm hopeful things will pick up going into Christmas. I hired someone on a zero hours contract six months ago. They've got specialist language skills which would be helpful if I manage to secure a particular client (still in process). If the work comes through, it'll be roughly 20 hrs pw, fluctuating, for a year or so. However, I haven't needed to give them any work yet so they haven't been paid. Am I supposed to have notified HMRC or done any other processes? They have a contract but I haven't done anything else because they haven't been paid. The person themselves is very happy - they have another part time job and are happy to wait to see what happens. They don't want to be self employed. Am I missing something?? Should I have done any other internal or external processes? Thank you!!
    Posted: Aug 5, 2018 By: Training wheels! Member since: Aug 5, 2018
  2. Scalloway

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    If you haven't paid them you've saved yourself the hassle of running a nil payroll every payday. I wouldn't bother putting them on the payroll until you are actually going to pay them.
    Posted: Aug 5, 2018 By: Scalloway Member since: Jun 6, 2010
  3. Anon377593

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    I second what Scalloway has said re the payroll/HMRC question.

    Incidentally, you say you have already put them on a contract but you haven't got any work for them yet. It might be an idea to read up on ZHCs just to make sure you really do understand how they work. Lots of employers think they do, then come unstuck. There's a post on my blog (link in profile) and loads of other info on web. Good luck.
    Posted: Aug 6, 2018 By: Anon377593 Member since: Jan 1, 1970
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