Zero hours contracts
In May 2015, exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts became unlawful. After all, how was it fair that an employer could insist that someone not work for anyone else yet they had no work to give them?
Now things have gone one step further. Since 11 January 2016, if someone on a zero hours contract is treated “detrimentally” because they have sought additional employment elsewhere (eg you refuse to give them shifts), it could lead to a claim of automatic unfair dismissal. Unlike your permanent employees, they would not need to have two years’ service to make a claim.
If it is still appropriate for you to have staff on zero hours contracts, you must reconsider any restrictions you place on them working for others.
For Advice Contact Debbie Glinnan Parallel HR on 01438 870544