Employment Law Update - Zero Hours: draft regulations and new guidance

Published: 26/11/2015

The prohibition on the use of exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts was introduced by the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, with effect from 26 May 2015.

Draft Exclusivity Clauses in Zero Hours Contracts (Redress) Regulations 2015 have recently been published. These regulations provide for individuals working under a zero-hours contract not to be unfairly dismissed or to be subjected to any detriment in relation to an employer’s breach of the ban on exclusivity clauses. There is currently no confirmed date for these regulations to take effect.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has also published new guidance for employers on the use of zero hours contracts. The guidance includes an explanation of zero-hours contracts, the employment rights available to those employed under zero hours contracts and examples of both ‘appropriate’ and ‘inappropriate’ use of such contracts.

Read the guidance here.

The content of this article is for general information only. For further information on this topic, please contact a member of Birketts' employment team. Law covered as at November 2015.

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