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Zero Hour Contracts – New Regulations
Much debate has been had over the use and abuse of zero hours contracts, but today (11th January 2016) new legislation comes into effect. The Exclusivity Terms in Zero Hour Contracts (Redress) Regulations (2015) will now apply. These mean that the dismissal of a zero hour contract employee will automatically be unfair if the principal reason is that s/he breached a contractual clause prohibiting him/her from working for another employer.

There is no qualifying period is required to bring such an unfair dismissal claim and it is now also unlawful to submit a zero hour worker (i.e. a worker who is not necessarily an employee) to detriments if they work for another employer in breach of a clause prohibiting them from doing so.
Posted on 19 Nov 2016

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