The law has given employees, and in some cases other workers who might not count as employees, rights and entitlements in relation to their employment, including how they are disciplined and dismissed or made redundant, how their grievances are handled, wages, absence from work and sickness, holidays, work breaks and working hours, time off for family emergencies, maternity and paternity leave, and the right to apply for flexible working.
All workers have the right not to be discriminated against in relation to age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.
Employees who feel they have been denied their rights have redress by taking their employers to an employment tribunal.
The employment law guide on this website is aimed at employers and business owners because it is published by Lawrite, which is a provider of employment law and HR support to businesses in the UK.
However, if you are an employee looking for help with a problem at work, there is an employment law guide written specifically for employees, explaining your rights at work, how the employment tribunal system works, how the law protects you against discrimination at work, and other useful information, which you can find on this website:
Scroll down and look for the “Your rights at work guide”.
Martin Phillips is an employment law specialist solicitor at Bishopsgate Law, a firm of solicitors authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, with offices in Bishopsgate, London EC2.
He offers a free case assessment for employment tribunal claims.
He can give advice to employees who have been offered a settlement agreement by their employers, about which they must seek independent legal advice before accepting.