Employment Review: January 2016 - Zero Hours Contracts - Ban on exclusivity

The Exclusivity Terms in Zero Hours Contracts (Redress) Regulations 2015 were made on 14 December 2015 and came into force on 11 January 2016.

The Regulations provide a remedy for workers on zero-hour contracts which include an exclusivity clause. Such clauses are already unlawful but now workers are protected from  being dismissed and subjected to a detriment if they fail to comply with an exclusivity clause.

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has recently published guidance on how zero-hours contracts should be used and the rights workers have.

The content of this page is a summary of the law in force at the date of publication and is not exhaustive, nor does it contain definitive advice. Specialist legal advice should be sought in relation to any queries that may arise.