New Freedom for UK Zero-Hours Workers

New rules banning Companies from including exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts came into effect on 26 May 2015.

The new provisions were first introduced under the last government and were passed into law under the UK Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill.

What is a zero-hours contract?

Zero-hours contracts, or casual contracts, allow employers to hire staff with no guarantee of work.

They mean that an employee only works when the Company requires them to, often at short notice. The employee’s pay usually depends on how many hours they work.

Some zero-hours contracts require workers to take the shifts they are offered, while others do not.

Previously, a zero-hours contract could contain a clause to prevent hourly staff from working for another Company. Any such provision is now unenforceable.

If you are an employer and have zero-hours contracts in place which currently include an exclusivity clause, please contact Melissa or Kiki below to discuss what action you need to take.

Melissa Harkcom
Director, North America
+1 415 867 6245
Kiki Stannard
+44 (0)20 7430 5913

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