The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill 2014/2015 has now been published. It will introduce a wide variety of measures aimed at reducing barriers to business innovation and growth.

Employment measures include making exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts invalid and unenforceable so that no one is tied into a contract without any guarantee of paid work, reforming whistleblowing procedures and increasing the penalties imposed on employers who underpay their workers in breach of the National Minimum Wage legislation. In addition, the Bill is intended to strengthen the director disqualification regime and streamline insolvency law in order to remove unnecessary costs and ensure effective oversight of insolvency practitioners.

A summary of the measures contained in the Bill can be found on the GOV.UK website.

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