Zero Hour Contracts

Key Points

  • There is no comprehensive legal definition of a zero hours worker although there is a definition in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (‘SBEEA') for the purposes of restricting the abuse inherent in exclusivity clauses
  • In effect, a zero hours contract is where an employer provides work when it wishes and there is no guarantee of work, either at a certain time or at all
  • Because of the perceived abuse of zero hours contracts and the abuse for certain workers, the government has legislated to ban exclusivity clauses in contracts 
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