Employment Law

Who is Subject to Employment Law?

If you’ve got a job, then you’re subject to employment law. You may have signed a contract which sets out your rights and you may be aware of the benefits you’re due. However, even if you haven’t signed anything you’ll still be subject to basic laws that are designed to give you some protection and which cannot be ignored, whichever sector you work in. The specific employment laws that protect you will change depending on your job, your employment type and your personal situation. Temporary workers or apprentices will have different employment rights to permanent employees, but everyone needs to know what they’re entitled to.

Basic Employment Rights

There are some basic employment rights which are applicable to the overwhelming majority of employees. These cover important aspects such as the National Minimum Wage, the maximum number of hours you can work as well as health and safety regulations.

If you’ve been working for your employer for over one month, then you’re entitled to an employment contract which specifically sets out your rights. This will most likely cover essentials such as sick pay and holiday allowance as well as disciplinary and dismissal procedures.

If your employer sets out extra benefits within your contract, then they will have to fulfil these even if they go above and beyond your basic employment rights. Your employer cannot change your contract without consultation and your basic employment rights will always be valid.

UDD can help with many aspects of employment law, so contact us today if you think you deserve more from your employer.