Rights for zero hour contract employees and workers

  • January 12, 2016
  • By Hunters Law

The Exclusivity Terms in Zero Hours Contracts (Redress) Regulations 2015 has come into force on 11 January 2016.

A zero hours contract is a contract under which an employee or worker undertakes to perform work as and when required by an employer but has no certainty of work being made available and is only paid for work actually carried out.

The Regulations give zero hours employees the right not to be dismissed and zero hours employees and workers the right not to be subjected to any detriment for failing to comply with an exclusivity clause in a zero hours contract. If the principal reason for dismissing an employee under a zero hours contract is that the employee has breached a contractual clause prohibiting him/her from working for another employer, the dismissal will be automatically unfair. There is no qualifying period in which to bring an unfair dismissal claim.

Exclusivity agreements in zero hours contracts are already unenforceable, following amendments to the Employment Rights Act 1996 brought in by the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015. The latest Regulations, however, give teeth to the legislation by providing individuals with a means of redress if an employer tries to deny them the right to work for another employer during the term of their contract.

For queries in relation to employment matters, please contact the partner at Hunters having responsibility for your legal matters, or (for new enquiries) please contact a member of our Business Services team.

Related News

Jul 22, 2021
Gregor Kleinknecht and Constance Tait examine the impact on trademark litigation and provide 10 tips on navigating the post-Brexit era in Managing IP
Jul 16, 2021
Gregor Kleinknecht and Anastassia Dimmek examine the growing threat of zombie firms in Lawyer Monthly
Jul 07, 2021
Richard Baxter and Constance Tait examine a report suggesting that firms with targeted support for ethnic minority workers see benefits
Jun 28, 2021
Richard Baxter discusses UK-EU Data Protection and how adequacy decisions avoid imminent disruption to data flows
Jun 23, 2021
Richard Baxter and Constance Tait examine the recent Burnell v Trans-Tag Ltd case in the High Court
Jun 22, 2021
Anastassia Dimmek discussed the key challenges of protecting clients’ healthy businesses from zombie firms in a webinar hosted by Advoselect
Jun 18, 2021
Richard Baxter and Constance Tait discuss the looming annual returns deadline for employee share schemes
May 18, 2021
Hunters hosted the Withdrawal and The Trade Marks Act 1994 webinar
Mar 17, 2021
Stephen Morrall comments on Uber drivers entitled to minimum wage, holiday pay and pension following the Supreme Court decision in The Sunday Times Driving, The Times and the Daily Mail
Feb 19, 2021
Stephen Morrall comments on Uber losing a landmark Supreme Court battle in the Evening Standard and the Financial Times

© Hunters Law LLP 2021 | Privacy NoticeLegal & Regulatory | Cookies Policy | Complaints Procedure.

Hunters Law LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (number 657218)