Proposal to ban exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts

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Proposal to ban exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts

The government published its response to the consultation on zero hours contracts on 25th June 2014. Given the support of an overwhelming majority of respondents (83%), the government has decided to ban exclusivity clauses in contracts which do not guarantee hours of work.

The government expects the ban to benefit 125,000 zero hours contract workers estimated to be tied to an exclusivity clause. However, this is a small proportion compared to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimate of 1.4 million zero hours contracts in April 2014.

You can view the BIS announcement here.

Written by
Edward Aston
28th June 2014