At last, some real protection has been introduced for zero hour contract workers.
In force today, The Exclusivity Terms in Zero Hour Contracts (Redress) Regulations 2015 provide that:-
- any dismissal of a zero hour contract employee is automatically unfair, if the principal reason is that s/he breached a contractual clause prohibiting him/her from working for another employer
- no qualifying period is required to bring such an unfair dismissal claim; and,
- it is also unlawful to submit a zero hour worker (note: worker not employee) to detriments if they work for another employer in breach of a clause prohibiting them from doing so.