Consultation outcome

Zero hours employment contracts: exclusivity clause ban avoidance

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Detail of outcome

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill will:

  • ban exclusivity terms in zero hours contracts
  • allow for regulations to be created to deal with employers who avoid the ban
  • provide routes of compensation for employees who have been offered a contract with an exclusivity clause

This government response sets out the outcome, next steps and draft regulations.

Original consultation


We’re seeking views on measures to prevent employers avoiding the ban on exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts.

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Consultation description

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill will ban the use of exclusivity clauses in contracts that do not guarantee any hours.

This consultation seeks views on the best way to prevent avoidance of the exclusivity clause ban, including actions that employees can take if they are offered such a contract.

It also includes the government’s response to the earlier Zero Hours Employment Contracts consultation, which ran from 19 December 2013 to 14 March 2014.

Impact assessments

Zero hours contracts: banning exclusivity clauses - impact assessment

Zero hours contracts: tackling avoidance of a ban on exclusivity clauses - impact assessment


Published 25 August 2014
Last updated 11 March 2015 + show all updates
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