Exclusivity to be banned in zero hours contracts

30 June 2014

On 25 June, Vince Cable, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), announced the government's plan to ban exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts. These clauses are currently used by employers to prevent individuals working for another company, even when no work is guaranteed.

The government will now carry out further consultation on how to curb abuse of zero hours contracts and will develop a code of practice and updated guidance for employers and workers.

The full announcement is available from the BIS website.