List of statutory rights

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When you become employed make sure you read the employment contract thoroughly before you sign it. You will have to follow the rules and conditions within the contract until it expires or until your employment comes to an end (by either your resignation or dismissal). If you have difficulties understanding your contract ask for more time and find a translator who can read it for you. You can visit your local Citizen Advice Centre  and they will go through the contract with you. This contract outlines your;

▫️rights

▫️responsibilities

▫️duties

▫️employment conditions

WHAT ARE ‘TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT’

The legal part of your contract is referred to as ‘TERMS’. Contract terms are not always written down and could be:

▫️verbally agreed

▫️set by law (minimum wage, etc)

▫️implied terms (not stealing, not drunk, etc)

HOW TO KNOW MY EMPLOYMENT STATUS

▪️AGENCY WORKER ▪️WORKER ▪️EMPLOYEE

 

AGENCY WORKER

 ✔️ you have a contract with an agency (recruitment, modelling etc)

 ✔️you do temporary work

✖️you find permanent employment through agency

✖️you find work through agency but you are self-employed


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Recruitment agencies must NOT CHARGE A FEE for trying or finding you work 


WORKER

✔️you have a contract or other arrangement

✔️your contract includes any of these terms: ‘casual’, ‘freelance’, ‘zero hours’, ‘as required’

✔️you have limited rights

WORKERS RIGHTS (more rights)

✔️receiving the National Minimum Wage

✔️paid holiday (minimum level)

✔️rest breaks (minimum length)

✔️protection against discrimination

✔️protection for ‘whistleblowing’

Generally exluded from:

✖️emergency time off

✖️redundancy pay

✖️protection for unfair dismissal

✖️minimum notice in case of dismissal

EMPLOYEE

 ✔️you have an employment contract

✔️you have more rights than a worker inluding all of the rights workers have

✔️you have more responsibilities than a worker

✔️you work under employment law

EMPLOYEES RIGHTS (more rights)

 ✔️sick pay

✔️maternity, paternity leave and pay

✔️unfair dismissal protection

✔️emergency time off

✔️minimum notice in case of dismissal

✔️redundancy pay


‘WHISTLEBLOWING’ – reporting wrongdoing in the workplace


 

LIST OF STATUTORY RIGHTS

 

☑️one day off work during the week

☑️minimum 20 minutes break time if working more than 6 hours in one day

☑️ right to 11 hours of break between shifts

☑️maximum 48 hours working week

☑️at least 28 days paid holidays during the year; If you work full time (on average 5 days per week). If your employer claims that you are getting your holiday pay within your hourly rate, this must be given in writing and state exactly how much it is.

☑️you cannot be required to work more than 8 hours (on average) in each 24 hour period

☑️right to take maternity leave when having a baby. This is up to 52 weeks but may not always be paid. Men also have a right to paternity leave however, the length and entitlement depends on your employer. Get further advice.

☑️right to  leave your job,  your employer is NOT allowed to stop you

☑️right to join a union without telling your employer


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Do not leave your passport or any official documents with your employer or employment agency. They are NOT allowed to keep your passport for longer than 24 hours without your agreement.


FOR MORE GOVERNMENT SERVICES AND INFORMATION VISIT GOV.UK 

Updated: Jan 2017


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