Does the new law on Zero hours contracts have any teeth?
From 26 May 2015, a clause in a zero hours contract that prohibits the worker from working for someone else, or that requires the worker to get the employer’s consent first, is unenforceable.
The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 introduced new provisions effectively banning exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts.
However, until further regulations come into effect, workers have no real power to assert the ban, although the new Act enables further provisions to be introduced.
So those on zero hours contracts have a little more protection, but unless the Government extends the new legislation and allows the worker to take employers that try to prevent a zero hours worker from working somewhere else to Tribunal then the new law may not go far enoug