Exclusivity clauses prevent an individual from working for another employer, even when no work is guaranteed. The use of exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts undermines choice and flexibility for the individuals concerned.
The ban, set to benefit the 125,000 zero hours contract workers estimated to be tied to an exclusivity clause, is part of a bid to clamp down on abuses in the workplace by less scrupulous employers. It will allow workers to look for additional work to boost their income.
This action follows a government consultation into zero hours contracts which received over 36,000 responses. 83% were in favour of banning exclusivity clauses in zero hours contacts.
The Business Secretary also announced that the government will:
- consult further on how to prevent rogue employers evading the exclusivity ban, for example through offering 1 hour fixed contracts
- work with business representatives and unions to develop a code of practice on the fair use of zero hours contracts by the end of the year (2014)
- work with stakeholders to review existing guidance and improve information available to employees and employers on using these contracts
The ban will be part of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill.
This is an issue that we believe affects many former service personnel working within the security sector and hope they are made aware of these changes.
Article adapted from UK Govt.