Rights for zero hours workers

10 February 2016

As of 11 January 2016, people working under zero hours contracts have better legal protection.

As of 11 January 2016, people working under zero hours contracts have better legal protection.

The Exclusivity Terms in Zero Hours Contracts (Redress) Regulations 2015 are now in force. They make it automatically unfair for an employer to dismiss a zero hours contract employee for failing to comply with an exclusivity clause, irrespective of their length of service. Workers (including employees) have the right to bring a claim if they have been subjected to a detriment for the same reason.

The Regulations follow last year’s banning of exclusivity clauses - those terms in zero hours contracts that tie workers into working only for that employer. Employers who still try to enforce this sort of arrangement could now find themselves on the end of a claim.


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