The Issue: The use of Zero Hours Contracts (ZHCs) has risen substantially in recent years and this had led to concern about some firms using them exploitatively. BALPPA is completely against the exploitative use of ZHCs, however we do support the responsible use of them. We have been in conversation with the Government about the benefits of flexible working for employers and employees, while at the same time highlighting that BALPPA members use the contracts responsibly.
The Current Status: The Government and political parties across the spectrum have acknowledged that ZHCs have a role to play in the labour market and that they help keep unemployment low and for many people they work well.
The Government is now moving to ban ‘exclusivity clauses’ in these contracts. These clauses restrict an employee’s right to work for another firm, while not being guaranteed hours in their current place of work. BALPPA supports this change and we believe it will help restore confidence with those who use the use the contracts responsibly.
The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill is the legislation that will ban the use of exclusivity clauses and it is currently in the House of Commons. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is currently consulting on these plans and how a ban can be enforced – this consultation closes on the 3rd of November.