Written by Peter Fisher – v2lawblog
As an employee you have the right to:
A contract of employment,
A contract of employment is an agreement that sets out an employee’s: employment conditions, rights, responsibilities, duties. These are known as the terms of a contract. As with all legally binding contracts it need not be written merely agreed upon verbally.
An itemised payslip
The payslip has to contain details of:
1) The gross amount of the wages or salary,
2) The amount of any deductions,
3) The purpose for which the deduction is made (e.gs pension contribution, income tax, national insurance),
4) The net amount of wages or salary payable, and
5) Where different parts of the net amount are paid in different ways, the amount and method of payment of each part.
Be paid the national minimum wage
(£6.19 per hour for workers aged 21 and over)
Please note: the ‘Minimum Wage’ does not apply to anyone under the age of 18. For those working in London the Mayor Boris Johnson encourages employers to pay what he terms the ‘London living wage’ which is currently £8.55
You are entitled to a minimum of 28 days holiday however it is not uncommon for you employer to offer more holiday than this.
Appeal a decision made by your employer
Your employer must notify you of your ability to appeal any decision which has caused you grievance whether you believe the decision was wrong, or too harsh, or a form of racial prejudice. This appeals process usually followers the standardised procedure of: 1) You write a letter giving reasons for appealing 2) There’s a meeting, usually with a more senior manager than was at the first meeting 3) A final decision is made
The right to take days off for sickness
When taking days off for sickness your employer will notify you of a maximum period of time for which they will give you full pay if they have a sick pay scheme. If not then you must qualify for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) where your employer must pay a minimum of 86.70 a week. In order to qualify for this you must be off sick for a minimum of 4 days. Sick pay was introduced by the Liberal Reforms in the late 19th century.
Right to unpaid leave for jury duty
Jury service is a citizen’s duty and a failure to attend if you are summoned to court will result in a fine. As such it is a legal requirement that your employer give you leave to do your Jury Service.
The right to join a union and to time off for union activity
If you are a member of a trade union that is officially recognised by your employer than you may be allowed to take time off with full pay; this is often limited to the following activities.
1) Negotiating terms and conditions of employment
2) Helping with disciplinary or grievance procedures on behalf of union members 3) negotiating issues about union membership
4) Discussing issues that affect union members, such as redundancies or the sale of the business
5) Being trained for your union work
Duty of trust and confidence
There is no clear definition of what the duty of trust and confidence entails but here are a few principles that generally accept to embody a duty of trust a confidence, unjustified criticism, failure to investigate employees complaints, failure to follow company procedures, unreasonable surveillance of employees, deception, subject an employee to excessive workloads, false accusations of theft and unjustified warnings.