What are my rights as an employee?
If you are an employee, you have certain rights in addition to the workers' rights listed in part 2. Your additional rights include the right:
- to have a written contract or a written statement of employment (see Do I need a written contract of employment?);
- to guaranteed payments;
- to statutory sick pay;
- to certain maternity rights;
- to statutory minimum notice periods;
- to statutory paternity or adoption leave and pay;
- to ask for flexible working;
- to time off for looking after dependants in certain circumstances;
- to be given reasons in writing if you are dismissed;
- to claim unfair dismissal, provided, in most cases, that you have worked for at least two year for your employer;
- to a statutory redundancy payment, provided you have worked for at least two years for your employer.
You may also have other rights even though they are not spelled out in your contract of employment. For example, if you have always received a Christmas bonus or extra holiday, you may be able to prove that this is a legal right under your contract, even if it isn’t mentioned there.
- Am I a worker?
- What are my rights as a worker?
- What are my rights as an employee?
- Do I need a written contract of employment?
- What is the least I should be paid?
- How many hours can my employer make me work?
- What should I do if I have a problem at work?
- What if my employer has a problem with me?
- What if I’ve been dismissed unfairly?
- Bringing a claim for unfair dismissal
- What if I’ve been made redundant?
- Bringing a claim for wrongful dismissal
- What if I've been discriminated against?
- What are my rights if I work part-time?
- What are my rights if I’m having a baby?
- Can I take leave as a new father?
- What are my rights if I'm adopting a child?
- Can I change my working arrangements if I have children?
- Can I change my working arrangements if I care for an adult?
- Can I take time off if I am someone's carer?
- Further help with employment law
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