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No more exclusivity allowed in zero hour contracts

17th Aug 2016
Employment Law, Human Resources, Payroll, Recruitment

The Government has now brought into force legislation which prohibits the use of exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts. Such clauses are deemed to be unfair as they prevent an individual who has no regular or guaranteed income (due to the nature of a zero-hours contract) accepting work from another employer.

Therefore, such exclusivity clauses should no longer be used. That said, you can still have an express term in a zero-hours contract which provides that any other work undertaken by the employee must not:

(1) be in direct or indirect competition with your business; or

(2) otherwise cause a conflict of interest.

Any existing exclusivity clauses are automatically rendered unenforceable by this ban and employers can no longer rely on them. We have provided this helpful link through to so you can read their Employer Guidance.

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Simply choose a couple of dates and times that suit you. We'll confirm a session by email. When the time comes, grab a coffee and follow the link. One of our team will give you a guided tour on your screen, while talking you through the features and answering any questions you may have.

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