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Zero-hour contract exclusivity clauses banned

27th May, 2015

Following the General Election and the restructuring of the new Conservative Government, the first order of business was to confirm the proposal to ban exclusivity clauses relating to zero hour contracts.

The previous government had already had passed the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (SBEEA 2015) and it received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015.

Yesterday, 26 May 2015, SBEEA 2015 received the first commencement order introducing section 153 which bans the use of exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts with immediate effect.

The commencement order also introduces further legislation regarding penalties for breach of the national minimum wage including potential fines of £20,000 per worker.

For a further information regarding the recent changes under SBEEA 2015 including zero-hour contracts, please contact Claire Brook on 01244 405575 or send and email to [email protected]

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