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Hewett's Legal Corner #34 - June 2015

Hewett Legal Corner #34 - June 2015, courtesy of mfg Solicitors

You may be aware that the government claimed that ‘Exclusivity Clauses’ in Zero Hours Contracts had been banned some two months ago. The use of the same is now officially prohibited with effect from 26th May 2015.

This comes following the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (SBEEA 2015) coming into force and is provided for under Section 153. Further regulations are awaited dealing with the anti-avoidance aspect.

Also in force with effect from 26th May 2015 includes an amendment to the maximum penalty for breach of national minimum wage which is now £20,000 in respect of each underpaid worker and power for the Secretary of State to make regulations prohibiting an NHS employer from discriminating against an applicant on the grounds that the applicant has made a whistleblowing protected disclosure.  

The remaining employment provisions of SBEEA 2015 are not yet in force and do not have a commencement date. These include:-

•    regulations requiring employers with at least 250 employees to publish information about their gender pay gap;
•    repayment of public sector exit payments;
•    financial penalties for unpaid tribunal awards; and
•    annual reporting of whistleblowing disclosures by prescribed persons.

If you have any issues in relation to this issue or any other employment issue, please contact Sally Morris at or on 01905 734032.

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