Zero-Hours Contracts / ACAS Code of Practice / National Minimum Wage
Anti-Avoidance Measures for Zero-Hours Contracts Restrictions
The Government has announced the measures it intends to take to tackle the avoidance of the forthcoming ban on exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts.
Legislation will be introduced to create a new protection from detriment for zero-hours contract workers who take jobs under other contracts. It will also establish a minimum income level below which exclusivity clauses will be unenforceable.
We will keep you updated with further developments.
Revised ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures
Parliament has approved the revised ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures, and the new Code took effect form 11 March 2015.
It confirms that employers must agree to a worker's request to be accompanied to a disciplinary or grievance meeting by any chosen companion from one of the statutory categories (a fellow worker, trade union representative or official). It explains that the statutory requirement for such a request to be reasonable, applies to the making of the request, not to the worker's choice of companion. It also states that a worker can change their chosen companion without waiving their right to change again.
National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015 Approved
The National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015 will come into force on 6 April 2015. The Regulations consolidate and replace the National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 and subsequent amending regulations.