Zero Hours Contracts

The government has announced plans to reform zero hours contracts by banning exclusivity clauses. Presently some employers insist that employees on zero hours contracts have no other employment even if they are not being offered work. The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has said that such a practice will be outlawed and employees will be free to offer their services to other employers. The government will also enter a period of consultation to find ways in which rogue employers can be stopped from evading the exclusivity ban. The ban will be part of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, which is to be introduced to Parliament today.