Work on call

Definition

Work on call exists when the labour of an employee is provided upon the call of an employer. Differentiation is made between the following types of work on call:

  • Work on call with duty of compliance;
  • work on call without duty of compliance.

Work on call with duty of compliance

In such a case an employee is under a duty to comply with the call of an employer. An employee is to remain available outside of a business for the provision of labour (standby service). The labour is provided upon the call of an employer. A standby service is also to be remunerated, but at a lower rate than that for the provision of the labour. As the hazard exists for an employee on call-up work with duty of compliance, that insufficient existential income can be generated, it is recommendable to negotiate a minimum time period with an employer for the provision of the labour. When work on call is agreed with duty of compliance, then part time work also exists as a rule.

Work on call without duty of compliance

Work on call without a duty of compliance obtains when the provision of the labour is to be initiated upon the call of an employer, but an employee is not under a duty to comply. Essentially, each occasion of the provision of the labour is tantamount to a new contract of employment.