New zero hours contract legislation banning exclusivity clauses came into force this week

Saturday, May 9, 2015

On Tuesday, 26th May 2015 the government brought into force, legislation under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, which bans the use of exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts or the need for zero hours workers to seek consent to work elsewhere.

This legislation means that exclusivity terms in contracts, where a worker is guaranteed less than a certain level of weekly income will be banned. Individuals who receive a basic pay rate above £20 per hour worked under their contract will be exempt from the ban on exclusivity terms.

The legislation’s definition of a zero hours contract is wide enough to capture the type of contracts which are commonly used for agency workers but this change will specifically impact agency workers on employment contracts and contracts of apprenticeship. This will not affect any of our agency workers as they all work under Contracts for Service.

Working from offices in Stoke-on-Trent, Cream Personnel Services is a name that is synonymous with recruitment in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. Established in 1973 we have become the first choice Recruitment Agency for job seekers and employers throughout the region.