• BIS has published a consultation on zero hours contracts, ending on 13 March 2014. The consultation discusses possible approaches to concerns over exclusivity clauses and transparency, including the option of legislation to ban the use of exclusivity clauses in contracts that offer no guarantee of work. Other suggestions include codes of practice and government guidance; there is no proposal to ban such contracts outright.
  • The Government has published draft regulations to increase the maximum financial penalty for employers who flout the national minimum wage from £5,000 to £20,000, expected to come into force in February 2014.
  • From 6 April statutory sick pay is to increase to £87.55 per week and the statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay flat rate will increase to £138.18.