Vince Cable has announced proposals to bring into law a ban on exclusivity clauses within zero hours arrangements. The target being employers who engage a person on a zero hours contract with no guarantee of work, yet also require workers to be available by restricting individuals from taking up other roles whilst employed. The practice has been widely criticised as unfair and the government are taking steps to address it in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill being introduced to Parliament on 25th June 2014.
Other aspects of zero hours contracts have been criticised and there have been calls for them to be banned. However in introducing this proposal, Vince Cable has recognised the value of zero hours arrangements and again having a flexible workforce, brings to the UK economy.