Exclusivity clauses in zero-hour contracts finally banned
The government has brought into force a ban on exclusivity clauses in zero-hour contracts and other provisions.
The first commencement order under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 brought into force the following provisions on 26th May 2015:
1. Ban on exclusivity clauses in zero hour contracts and the power for the Secretary of State to introduce regulations in relation to zero hour contracts.
2. Amendment to the maximum penalty for breach of the national minimum wage to £20,000 in respect of each underpaid worker.
3. Power for the Secretary of State to make regulations prohibiting an NHS employer from discriminating against an applicant on grounds that the applicant has made a whistleblowing protected disclosure.
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Commission unlikely to charge charities for filing accounts
The Charity Commission's head of compliance monitoring, Neville Brownlee, reassured a public meeting this week that a portal for joint filing of a charitable company's accounts with the Commission and Companies House is a “much more likely outcome” than charging charities fees to file their accounts with the Commission.
On 1 July 2016, the Charity Commission launched a consultation on how it proposes to use its new power in section 1 of the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 to issue official warnings to charities and charity trustees, as set out in draft guidance.