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Regulations provide protection for breach of unenforceable exclusivity clauses

On 26 May 2015 provisions came into force under sections 27A and 27B of the Employment Rights Act making exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts (ZHCs), which prohibit a worker from undertaking work under any other contract, unenforceable. The Government have now laid The Draft Exclusivity Terms In Zero Hours Contracts (Redress) Regulations 2015 before Parliament. The Regulations will give the right for eligible employees on ZHCs not to be unfairly dismissed (no service qualification is needed), and eligible workers not to be subjected to a detriment, because they have breached an unenforceable exclusivity clause in a ZHC. The Regulations will come into force at the end of the period of 28 days beginning with the day on which they were made. 

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