Zero-hours contracts exclusivity ban - consultation

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16 / 10 / 2014 Midnight

Exclusivity clauses in contracts that do not guarantee any hours (zero-hours contracts) are to be banned by the Government, under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is now consulting on a range of potential actions that Government could take to tackle potential avoidance of the proposed exclusivity ban in zero-hours contracts and possible routes of redress for the individual. 

Previous feedback from NHS organisations suggested that the banning of exclusivity clauses was generally supported and was unlikely to have much impact on the NHS. 

NHS Employers will respond to the consultation on behalf of employers and would welcome any views from NHS organisations particularly on: 

• the likelihood and circumstances in the NHS of employers seeking to avoid a ban on exclusivity clauses 

• whether the Government should do more to deal with potential avoidance, how might that be best achieved

• how potential avoidance could be dealt with and the consequences for employers who circumvent the ban on exclusivity clauses.

To help inform our response, please email your views on these three areas to by Friday 24 October.

Find out more and access the consultation on the Government's website

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The NHS Pay Review Body is also running a consultation on the barriers and enablers within Agenda for Change, to delivering financially sustainable NHS services seven days a week. Help inform our response to this consultation through our short online survey, before 14 November. Find out more

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