September 4 2014.

The government is calling on business, unions and individuals to help identify and close potential loopholes in plans to ban the use of exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts.

In particular, it wants to find out whether a minority of employers may attempt to circumvent the ban by offering contracts which could, for example, guarantee just one hour of work. A consultation is seeking views on the best method to prevent this from happening, and asks whether this route may be exploited and whether the government should take pre-emptive steps.

It also proposes options, such as civil penalties, that workers could use to seek justice if they are treated unfairly by their employer because they found work elsewhere while on a zero hours contract.

The views submitted to the consultation will help shape the zero hours contracts section of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill. CLICK HERE for further information.