Protection for zero-hour contract workers
13 January 2016
The Exclusivity Terms in Zero Hour Contracts (Redress) Regulations 2015 have now come into force and provide that:
- any dismissal of a zero hour contract employee is automatically unfair, if the principal reason is that s/he breached a contractual clause prohibiting him/her from working for another employer
- no qualifying period is required to bring such an unfair dismissal claim; and,
- it is also unlawful to submit a zero hour worker (note: worker not employee) to detriments if they work for another employer in breach of a clause prohibiting them from doing so.
With thanks to Daniel Barnett’s employment law bulletin for putting this information into layman’s terms.
In October 2015 the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills published up to date guidance on zero hours contracts which includes what they are, how they affect employment rights and appropriate use and best practice.