Exclusivity clauses extended
The government has announced plans to broaden the ban on the use of exclusivity clauses. Exclusivity clauses are contractual clauses which prevent employees and workers from taking up work with other employers. Since 2015, their use has been prohibited in zero hours contracts. The new proposals will mean that exclusivity clauses can no longer be included in a contract where the minimum guaranteed weekly income for the employee or worker employed on that contract is on or below the Lower Earnings Limit (currently £123 per week).
The change is designed to offer lower paid workers the opportunity to increase their income and to widen the pool of talent for employers to choose from. Legislation introducing the ban is expected later this year.