Employment Rights

Employment rights in the UK can depend on the legal status of the person doing the work.

People can be employees, who work under a contract of service with an employer.

They can also be workers, which include employees and also other people who carry out work for another party, but not genuine self-employed contractors.

Rights for Workers

Employment rights which apply to all “workers” include:

  • A written statement of employment terms
  • An itemised pay statement
  • Protection from unlawful deductions from their pay
  • To be paid the National Minimum Wage
  • Entitlement to paid holidays and certain limits on working hours and breaks
  • Part time worker rights
  • Auto-enrolment in a workplace pension
  • Protection from discrimination at work under the Equality Act 2010
  • The right to be accompanied to certain disciplinary and grievance meetings

Rights For Employees

Employment rights which apply to employees include all the above, and:

  • Statutory sick pay
  • Minimum notice period
  • Paid time off for ante natal care
  • Maternity leave and pay (pay subject to qualifying conditions)
  • Adoption leave and pay (pay subject to qualifying conditions)
  • Paternity leave and pay (pay subject to qualifying conditions)
  • Shared parental leave and pay (pay subject to qualifying conditions)
  • Parental bereavement leave and pay (pay subject to qualifying conditions)
  • Parental leave
  • Right to make a flexible working request
  • Time off for emergencies involving dependants
  • Right to claim unfair dismissal (after two years of continuous employment)
  • Statutory redundancy pay (after two years of continuous employment)
  • A written statement of reasons for dismissal (after two years of continuous employment)
  • TUPE transfer protection
  • Guarantee payments
  • Fixed term employees protection

What Is Employment?

Worker Or Self-employed?

Contract Of Employment

National Minimum Wage

Working Time Regulations

Working Parents


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