The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill has been published, confirming the speculation after the Queens' Speech earlier this month that the use of exclusivity clauses – restrictions preventing a worker from undertaking work for anyone else (or preventing them from doing so without the employer's consent) – will be invalid and unenforceable in zero hours contracts which do not guarantee any hours.

The Government had a record number of responses to its consultation on zero hours contracts and has promised to issue a Code of Practice covering all aspects of their use.  The Bill also gives the Government power to introduce anti-avoidance measures to prevent the new rules from being circumvented.

No start date has been fixed yet for these new provisions on zero hours contracts.