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an end to exclusivity clauses

26 June 2014

Following a six month consultation, the Government has yesterday introduced legislation to ban exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts. It is thought that the ban will be pushed through before next year’s general election.

Exclusivity clauses, which are estimated to affect 125,000 workers in the UK, operate to prevent zero-hours workers from working for another employer, even where no work is guaranteed.

Zero-hours contracts can provide flexibility for both employers and employees, but provisions such as exclusivity clauses make the flexibility all one way – in the employers’ favour.

Today’s announcement confirmed that there is more to come: the Government will also be working with business representatives and unions to develop a code of practice on the fair use of zero-hours contracts, as well as providing more information and guidance for employees.

You can read the full text of the Government's announcement here.

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