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Employment law guide

This is a free employment law guide covering the basics of British employment law for employers, business owners and managers.

Employment law guide index

Click on the subject headings in the contents list below.

What is employment?

The contract of employment

Workers v self-employed

Employment agencies

Flexible working

Part time workers

Fixed term employees


Cash shortages

Itemised pay statements

Sunday working and shop-workers

The national minimum wage

Working time regulations

The 48 hour week

Night workers

Rest periods

Annual leave


Unfair dismissal

Automatic unfair dismissal

Wrongful dismissal

Retirement dismissals

Settlement agreements

Disciplinary procedure

Grievance procedure

The right to be accompanied



Trade union recognition

Consultation with employees

Consultation about health and safety

Industrial action

Employment tribunals

Health and safety


Equality and discrimination

Equal pay

Human rights

Absence from work

Absence due to sickness

Compassionate leave of absence

Enforced absence due to arrest or a custodial sentence

Working parents

Maternity leave and pay

Paternity leave and pay

Additional paternity leave and pay

Parental leave (unpaid)

Shared parental leave and pay

Time off for family and dependants

Time off to accompany partner to ante-natal appointments

Adoption leave and pay

Employment of children and young persons


Brexit, the EU and UK employment laws

Data protection (GDPR)

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Employment law guide (pdf).

Rights at work guide for employees

This guide is intended for employers and managers. If you are an employee, there is another guide to your rights at work, written specifically for employees, which you can access from the employment law help for employees page:

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LEGAL DISCLAIMER: All advice and explanation of the law in this law guide is intended for information purposes only, and is not a substitute for taking formal specific legal advice from a practising solicitor or barrister. While every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the contents of this law guide and the opinions in it, no responsibility for loss occasioned to any person or company acting or refraining from action as a result of any statement in it or otherwise caused by relying upon the contents of this law guide is accepted by the author or publishers. This law guide may not be reproduced or copied in any form without the express written consent of the publishers.