Zero hours workers must be able to work elsewhere

The Government is pushing ahead with its proposal to ban exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts.

Exclusivity clauses state that although the employer is under no obligation to offer work, the worker is prohibited from accepting work from any other employer.

This has long been seen as unfair and the Government has now published a draft set of regulations to bring this ban into force. The regulations will also include penalties for employers who try to avoid this prohibition, generally by offering a very low number of guaranteed hours or no work or fewer opportunities to workers who also undertake work elsewhere.

The bottom line is, if you offer zero hours contracts you must allow workers to accept work elsewhere if offered and you must not subject them to any detriment if they do so.

Posted by: Clare Nicolaou Employment lawyer,  Novalex Solicitors

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