Basic Statutory Rights
As an employee, whether you full-time or part-time, you have Basic Statutory Rights at Work, based on laws passed by Parliament, covering all aspects of your employment including wages, holidays, time off and parental obligations.
For a detailed description of your Basic Rights at work, follow this link.
For details of your Rights to Pay, follow this link.
For details of maximum weekly working hours, follow this link.
For details of your rights to time off work. follow this link.
If you are a Trade Union representative you are entitled to certain paid time off to fulfil your role - see details at this link.
A series of articles on work rights and issues are available from CitizensAdvice.
National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage
By law, your employer must pay a minimum amount on average for the hours you work. This is called the:
For details of the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage, follow this link.
More information is available on the MAG Page - The National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage
Check you’re being paid the right wage at the National Minimum Wage and Living Wage calculator available at this link.
All employees have the legal right to request flexible working - not just parents and carers.
This is known as ‘making a statutory application’.
Employees must have worked for the same employer for at least 26 weeks to be eligible.
For details of entitlement, eligibility and ability to delay are available at GOV.UK.
As a working parent you have certain legal rights detailed at this link.
Eligible employees can take unpaid parental leave to look after their child’s welfare, eg to:
Their employment rights are protected during parental leave.
Details of entitlement, eligibility and ability to delay are available at GOV.UK.
Shared Parental Leave and Pay
You may be entitled to Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP).
Details of entitlement, eligibility and when it can be taken are available at GOV.UK.
Time off for family and dependants
As an employee you’re allowed time off to deal with an emergency involving a dependant.
A dependant could be a spouse, partner, child, grandchild, parent, or someone who depends on you for care.
Details of entitlement, what constitutes an emergency and when you can take it are available at GOV.UK.
Employee rights when on leave
Employee rights aren’t usually affected when they take maternity, paternity, adoption or parental leave and some employees can work up to 10 paid days during their leave.
Full details are available at GOV.UK.
Pregnant employees' rights
Pregnant employees have legal rights including:
Full details are available at GOV.UK.
A template letter (MSWord) to your emplouer requesting maternity leave is available at this link:
There are very strict laws protecting the employment rights of workers who are over school leaving age but under 18.
They govern the areas of Health and Safety, what jobs can be performed and when, and how many hours can be worked.
Full details of the employment rights of young workers can be found at the following links:
Contract of Employment
Within the first two months of you starting work your employer must give you a written statement, called a Contact of Employment containing the detailed terms and conditions of your employment over and above your Basic Statutory Rights.
For an overview of Contracts of Employment, follow this link.
Your Employer can change your Contract of Employment at any time but NOT without your agreement to the change, More informationon Changing a Contractsof Employment is available at this link.
If you are an Agency worker you are subject to different Basic Rights at Work as outlined at GOV.UK.
More information can be found at this link.
If you suspect your employer of malpractice or wrongdoing and bring it to the attention of your employer or a relevant organisation, you are protected, in certain circumstances, under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998. This is known as ' whistle-blowing ' and is legally considered in the public interest thus encouraging people to speak out if they find malpractice in an organisation.
The formal name for whistle-blowing is 'making a disclosure in the public interest'.
Monitoring at Work
Employers have certain rights to monitor all their employees while they are at work including postal communications, phone calls, emails and internet browsing.
Details of what this monitoring may cover and how it can be carried out can be found at this link.
For a comprehensive guide "Your Rights at Work", click here.
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