Zero hours employment contracts consultation response

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06 / 11 / 2014 Midnight

Exclusivity clauses in contracts that do not guarantee any hours of work, known as 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 consulted on a range of potential actions that the Government could take, to tackle potential avoidance of the proposed exclusivity ban in zero-hours contracts and possible routes of redress for the individual.

NHS Employers response

NHS Employers has responded to the consultation on behalf of employers in the NHS. Thank you to everyone who feed in your views to inform our response. The key points we raised were that employers in the NHS:

  • recognise that exclusivity clauses were not helpful in creating confidence and trust in the employment relationship
  • support a code of practice which supported fair treatment and the use of such contracts only in appropriate circumstances
  • would not welcome any action beyond a ban which curtailed the scope employers needed to design innovative contracts.

Next steps

The Government's consultation closed on 3 November 2014.  We will keep you informed of developments through these news pages and in our NHS Workforce Bulletin

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