The government has issued a press release announcing its plans to widen the ban on the use of exclusivity clauses in contracts. Exclusivity clauses are contractual clauses which prevent employees and workers from taking up work with other employers. Their use was outlawed for those on zero hours contracts in 2015. The new proposals will mean that exclusivity clauses can no longer be included in a contract where the minimum guaranteed weekly income for the employee or worker employed on that contract is on or below the Lower Earnings Limit of £123 per week. Billed as offering lower paid workers the opportunity to increase their income, together with a widening of the pool of talent for employers, legislation introducing the ban is expected 'later this year'.