Zero Hour job and sanctions

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Whilst on JSA [1] can a Jobcentre or Work Programme adviser require, notified through a Jobseeker's Direction or Mandatory Activity Notification, making an application or attending an interview for a Zero Hour job,taking into account:

"Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants are not required to apply for zero hours contract vacancies
and they will not face sanctions for turning down the offer of a zero hours contract."

If they can be required to make the application or attend the interview, can a sanction be applied for:

[2] not making the application?
(notified through a Jobseeker's Direction or Mandatory Activity Notification)

[3] not attending the interview?
(notified through a Jobseeker's Direction or Mandatory Activity Notification)

[4] if the application or interview is successful for turning down the Zero Hour job/contract?

Yours faithfully,
Frank Zola

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Dear Operations FOI Requests,

Please email me your latest [1] Labour Market Decision Maker and [2] Jobcentre operational guidance on Zero Hour jobs for Universal Credit (UC) and Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) claimants.

[3] Please advise me of any changes to:

Operational guidance >> get britain working >> Jobseekers Allowance Claimants
>> Refusal of employment
Exempt Vacancies

Are there currently any reasons why someone should get a JSA or UC benefit sanction in relation to Zero Hour (ZH) contracts/job because:

[4] They voluntarily leave a job because they did not know it was a ZH job?

[5] They voluntarily leave a job even though they knew when they applied for it that it was a ZH job?

[6] They refuse a ZH job when offered one?

[7] They refuse to apply for a ZH job?

[8] Can a Jobcentre Adviser/Coach make it mandatory to apply for a ZH job for a claimant of:

[9] UC?

[10] JSA?

If a ZH job can be mandated under JSA or UC rules please explain how this is undertaken and a copy of any guidance that explains the process.

[11] Finally can a JSA or UC claimant ever be required/mandated to give up a ZH contract to take up a non ZH job, if so under what circumstances?

Yours sincerely,

Frank Zola

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