As someone who spends my life trying to level the playing field for self employed and micro business owners I welcome this measure which Vince Cable originally proposed.
I'm in favour of the end of exclusivity clauses which prevent people from making ends meet by taking any earning opportunities open to them.
The reason unemployment is low is that 37% of all jobs are now self employed or part time. Since the crash and banks bail out, 80% of new jobs have come from single person, self employed people.
In order to make ends meet many of these will take employed part time work when available. Many on zero hours contracts may want to explore self employed income streams too.
At least one-in-seven of the adult workforce make ends meet by earning from any available income streams and there should be nothing contractually stopping them.
This is the new normal.
Such zero hour contracts are the most recent example of the trend of corporate bullying to increase profits. It is a tragedy that we need to legislate and that legislation is applied to all businesses whatever their size.
I've argued for many years that micro businesses should be exempt from much employment and VAT legislation as the cost of compliance is killing them.
This is, primarily, a large organisation abuse. It ranks alongside large organisations paying their bills in an average of 68 days, using unpaid or low paid interns, taking massive government subsidies for training for existing jobs not for new jobs for young people and many not paying the living wage to all their staff.
Whilst business membership organisations will look to defend zero hour contracts, under the new legislation, I can assure you that legislation will not stop this corporate bullying to maximise profit and executive earnings packages.
They pay experts to find ways around all legislation and have the money to settle if found out. Whilst there are a handful of examples of large organisations playing fair the majority do not.
The government must not legislate but use its bargaining power as a major customer and funder of these organisations to bring more fairness to trading conditions and employment/self employment in the UK.
I'm Tony Robinson OBE, the Micro Business Champion, a business owner, professional speaker and the author of the popular satire 'Freedom from Bosses Forever' (Kindle, paperback and audio book). I'm the founder of the SFEDI Group and co-founder, with Tina Boden, of the Enterprise Rockers CIC which organises and presents the annual, global #MicroBizMattersDay.
2016 was the 30th Anniversary Year of our primary business - The Business Advisory Bureau Limited/Entrepreneurs UK and the 20th Anniversary Year of my founding the UK Government recognised Sector Skills Body for Enterprise and Business Support, the SFEDI Group (includes the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs), which I still co-own.
I was honoured to receive an OBE in 2001, and two Lifetime Achievement Awards for Enterprise Support - in 2012 from the IAB and 2013 from SYB magazine and have appeared in the Fresh Business Thinking and Smith and Williamson Power 100 of influencers on UK entrepreneurship in 2014 and 2016.