Zero Hours Contracts

The zero hours contract consultation highlighted the benefits of having flexible working arrangements but where they were being abused was not acceptable.  The Government have come out and will now outlaw exclusivity within zero hours contracts.  Clearly this is common sense; how can you enforce exclusivity when you don’t give work in the first place?

Whilst I welcome this change, I am concerned about how this will be enforced and policed. The Government will start yet another consultation on this to determine strategy although they have at least shown intent to do something and this is a big step forward for closing exploitation of workers.

Using an umbrella, zero hour contracts are not used as this would not represent the overarching employment given by umbrella companies although within agencies zero hour contracts are continuing to be used.

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