Ban on exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts
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25th June 2014 by
Business Secretary Vince Cable has today announced plans to
ban exclusivity clauses which prevent people on zero hours’ contracts
from working for more than one employer.
Currently, such clauses apply even when no work is guaranteed,
seriously undermining choice and flexibility for some 125,000 workers
who are affected.
The ban is part of a clamp-down on unscrupulous practices in
the workplace and will allow workers to look for additional sources of
work to boost their income.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said:
“Zero hours contracts have a place in today’s labour market.
They offer valuable flexible working opportunities for students, older
people and other people looking to top up their income and find work
that suits their personal circumstances.
But it has become clear that some unscrupulous employers abuse
the flexibility that these contracts offer to the detriment of their
workers. Today, we are legislating to clamp down on abuses to ensure
people get a fair deal.
Last December, I launched a
consultation into this issue. Following overwhelming evidence we are
now banning the use of exclusivity in zero hours contracts and
committing to increase the availability of information for employees on
these contracts. We will also work with unions and business to develop
a best practice code of conduct aimed at employers who wish to use zero
hours contracts as part of their workforce.”
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2014-07-28 11:35:09 in Legal Articles