Zero Hours Workers
Exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts, used to tie workers into working for only one employer even when no work is offered, became unenforceable in May 2015 under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015.
From 11th January 2016, the Exclusivity Terms in Zero Hours Contracts (Redress) Regulations give zero hours employees the right not to be unfairly dismissed for failing to comply with an exclusivity clause, and zero hours workers the right not to suffer detrimental treatment for working elsewhere. The unfair dismissal protection will be a ‘day one’ right – employees won’t need the usual two years’ service to claim it.
The government has also produced new guidance for employers on zero hours contracts dealing with when it’s appropriate – and inappropriate – to use them, the employment rights associated with them, suitable alternatives to them and exclusivity clauses.
HR Revolution offer a free guide to Zero Hours Contracts ready to download HERE now.
Thank you to the CIPD for the update