As an employee you are provided with specific rights under your contract of employment. For example, you may be provided with the right to contractual sick pay. However, your contract of employment does not include every right you are entitled to. You may not be aware of the statutory rights that have been put in place via legislation.
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Some of these include:
- You have the right to receive a written statement of employment particulars. This will set out the basic details of your contractual arrangement, including pay and working hours.
- You have the right not to be unfairly dismissed.
- You have the right not to be discriminated against under the following protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or/and sex.
- Your employer must provide adequate health and safety protection at work.
- There are several rights provided under the Working Time Regulations. For example, as a minimum, you are entitled to 20 minutes rest break if you work 6 hours continuously, and you are entitled to 1 day off work every 7 days. You are also unable to work more than 48 hours in a working week unless you sign an opt out agreement.
- You have the right to make a flexible working request.
- You have the right to receive National Minimum Wage as remuneration for your work during employment. This amount varies dependant on your age and is likely to change every year or so following government intervention.
- You have the right to receive statutory sick pay. This is the minimum financial protection for employees that are unable to work due to sickness. This scheme has recently been extended to support employees further during the COVID-19 pandemic.
You have the right to receive a minimum of 5.6 weeks annual leave per calendar year. This usually equates to 20 days leave, plus 8 days bank holiday for full time employees. It will be pro rata for part time employees.
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