The much talked about and long awaited protection against zero hours dismissals for workers is now in place. This is where employees are dismissed for not being exclusive to one contract.
It is now unlawful to dismiss an employee on a zero hours contract if the principal reason is that he breached a contractual clause prohibiting him from working for another employer since such clauses are banned. There is no length of service requirement for employees to bring a claim for automatic unfair dismissal under this heading.
It is also unlawful to submit a zero hours worker to a detriment for working for another employer in breach of a clause preventing them from doing so. Again such clauses are now banned so workers (wider than employees) who suffer a detriment for breaching the clause are now also given protection. Only time will tell if cases are brought under either heading.