DWP rules on Zero Hour contracts

DWP internal rules on “unperson” Zero Hour contracts and sanctions for Universal Credit and Jobseeker’s Allowance as of 20 January 2015.

“Zero Hours Contract
The position in JSA (legacy) is unchanged – there can be no mandation to any zero hours contract (exclusive or not) & therefore there can be no sanction imposed for Refusing Employment, Leaving Voluntary or losing work because of misconduct.  UC claimants should not be sanctioned for any failure where they fail or refuse to apply for or accept if offered a zero hours contract vacancy with an exclusivity
clause” [see notes below] https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/universal_credit_zero_hour_contr#incoming-607340


“An exclusivity clause is a zero hour contract where that employer prevents them from
working for any other employer, business or self-employment. Evidence for the
presence of an exclusivity clause would typically be provided by the claimant” https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/243744/response/607347/attach/html/2/FOI%205325%20Annex.pdf.html

There are also “plans to ban exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts” so “employees on zero hours contracts will have the freedom to find work with more than 1 employer” https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-crackdown-on-zero-hours-contract-abusers