Extension of the exclusivity ban to the lowest paid workers
On May 9, the government announced its intention to extend the ban on exclusivity clauses in employment contracts for the lowest paid workers.
In 2015, the government made exclusivity clauses for zero-hours workers unenforceable, allowing them to hold multiple jobs to supplement their income. Now the government is proposing to extend this protection to workers earning less than £123 a week.
Business Minister Paul Scully said in the government press release:
“By extending the ban on exclusivity clauses, we are giving more control to the lowest paid, giving them the freedom to decide who they work for and how often, including the ability to top up their wages if they work.” they want it.”
The government says the new protections would benefit around 1.5 million workers and provide them with flexibility in their working practices. However, some might think the government’s proposals don’t go far enough to protect low-wage workers, and its impact will be minimal. Time will tell if the proposals will have a significant impact on the lives of the lowest paid people in society, who are already struggling as the cost of living crisis takes hold.
You can read the government’s press release here: Lowest paid workers will be able to top up their wages under government reforms – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)