Ban on zero hours exclusivity clauses

2015-06-01 chris posted:

As of Tuesday 26th May 2015, employers are prevented from using exclusivity clauses in zero hour contracts for staff. As a result, clauses which prohibit a worker on a zero hours contract from carrying out work for another employer are now unenforceable.

The changes come as a result of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, one of the last pieces of legislation to become an Act of Parliament from the previous coalition government.

The ban on exclusivity clauses in zero hour contracts is one of the Conservative’s election campaign promises. It is likely that further legislation surrounding zero hour contracts may be debated in government during the next 5 years.

Banning these clauses will now allow more people the freedom to take other work opportunities and to have more control over their working hours and income. It also brings financial security one step closer for more families, especially for people who have no guarantee of work.

Over a million UK workers are on zero hours contracts, with over 80,000 at McDonalds, 20,000 at Domino’s, Weatherspoon’s and Sports Direct, and over 4,000 at Boots. Experts predict the number of zero hours contracts will continue to rise during the next 5 years during this parliament.

If you have any queries about the new zero hours contract rules, contact one of our employment solicitors today on 01225 632240 or at info@renneyandco.com.

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