As an employee in the UK, current legislation entitles you to several rights which serve to make sure that you are treated well, equally and fairly. Knowledge of your basic employment rights can be invaluable if something goes wrong in your work place, so that you can be aware of what you are entitled to legally in terms of resolving the problem.
The following pieces of legislation constitute the statutory protection for all employees in the UK:
It is also important to be aware of the National Minimum Wage. If you are an agency worker or a casual worker, there is also statutory protection you should be aware of.
Maximum 48-hour week
The Working Time Regulations prevent an employer from compelling an employee to work more than 48 hours per week. As an employee you can give written consent to work over and above these hours, though this can only be done on an individual basis.
Compulsory rest breaks
All employees are, by right, entitled to a certain amount of rest time. The minimum level of compulsory rest breaks is different for adult (over the age of 18) and young workers, and is divided into three categories:
Rest breaks at work:
You should also be aware of your statutory right to paid leave.
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