Employment Rights In The UK

Some employment rights in the UK apply to all workers, including the minimum wage and working time rules, but other rights apply only to employees.

Your Rights At Work

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.

Employment Rights For Workers

The 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

Employment Rights For Employees

The 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

To find out more about employment rights, use the related links below, or search the law guide.


What Is Employment?

Worker Or Self-employed?

Contract Of Employment

National Minimum Wage

Working Time Regulations

Working Parents

Disciplinary Procedure

Grievance Procedure

Right To Be Accompanied

Absence From Work Rights

Flexible Working Rights

Employment Settlement Agreements

Employment Tribunals

Employment Law Advice


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Last Updated on December 15, 2020 by Admin