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Members' guides

These are short guides covering a range of issues that affect individual members.

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01 Lone Working Download now: Advice for anyone who travels alone, carries out fieldwork or works at outside premises
Advice for anyone who travels alone, carries out fieldwork or works at outside premises
02 Early retirement, severance and redundancy in the civil service Download now: This guide is out-of-date and no longer available to download.
This guide is out-of-date and no longer available to download.
03 Harassment and bullying Download now: What is harassment, and how to deal with it
What is harassment, and how to deal with it
04 Individual contracts of employment Download now: Your legal rights if you're employed on an individual contract; how to negotiate your own contract; and the pitfalls to avoid
Your legal rights if you're employed on an individual contract; how to negotiate your own contract; and the pitfalls to avoid
05 whistleblowing Download now: Whistleblowers play an essential role in exposing corruption, fraud and malpractice and in preventing disasters resulting from negligence or wrongdoing. Prospect representatives can assist members in deciding how and when to blow the whistle and offer valuable advice and support.
Whistleblowers play an essential role in exposing corruption, fraud and malpractice and in preventing disasters resulting from negligence or wrongdoing. Prospect representatives can assist members in deciding how and when to blow the whistle and offer valuable advice and support.
06 e-mail and the internet at work Download now: The spread of email and the internet at work has raised new issues for trade union members and representatives. Prospect has seen a growing number of disciplinary cases connected to the use of computer facilities. Members need to be aware that inappropriate use of these facilities can result in disciplinary action and dismissal.
The spread of email and the internet at work has raised new issues for trade union members and representatives. Prospect has seen a growing number of disciplinary cases connected to the use of computer facilities. Members need to be aware that inappropriate use of these facilities can result in disciplinary action and dismissal.
07 One to one interviews Download now: Essential pointers for job evaluation interviews or personal reviews
Essential pointers for job evaluation interviews or personal reviews
08 Stress Download now: Members' Guide to stress.
Prospect’s Stress, Stigma, Solutions campaign is based on the premise that stress and stigma can be overcome and that there are solutions.
Members' Guide to stress. Prospect’s Stress, Stigma, Solutions campaign is based on the premise that stress and stigma can be overcome and that there are solutions.
09 Fixed term contracts Download now: This guide summarises the legal rights to equal treatment for fixed-term contract employees and the limitations on extending the fixed-term beyond four years. It also describes the other general rights for workers on fixed-term contracts.
This guide summarises the legal rights to equal treatment for fixed-term contract employees and the limitations on extending the fixed-term beyond four years. It also describes the other general rights for workers on fixed-term contracts.
10 Overseas working Download now: General advice for members who may be about to work overseas. This guide covers: implications for your contract of employment; personal issues such as accommodation, insurance and medical treatment; social security and pensions; health and safety; tips for travellers; tax planning.
General advice for members who may be about to work overseas. This guide covers: implications for your contract of employment; personal issues such as accommodation, insurance and medical treatment; social security and pensions; health and safety; tips for travellers; tax planning.
11 Employment tribunals Download now: This guide explains the process of progressing a claim through an Employment Tribunal (ET). Updated July 2009
This guide explains the process of progressing a claim through an Employment Tribunal (ET). Updated July 2009
12 Parental and family leave Download now: This booklet - updated in January 2009 - explains everyone's rights under the Maternity and Parental Leave regulations and the Paternity and Adoptive Leave regulations. It also indicates how your employer can improve upon the minimum provisions. It complements our Members' Guide 13 to Maternity Rights, which sets out entitlement to maternity pay and leave.
IMPORTANT NOTE - Enitlement to parental leave increased from 13 to 18 weeks from 8 MARCH 2013
This booklet - updated in January 2009 - explains everyone's rights under the Maternity and Parental Leave regulations and the Paternity and Adoptive Leave regulations. It also indicates how your employer can improve upon the minimum provisions. It complements our Members' Guide 13 to Maternity Rights, which sets out entitlement to maternity pay and leave. IMPORTANT NOTE - Enitlement to parental leave increased from 13 to 18 weeks from 8 MARCH 2013
13 Maternity rights Download now: Your rights to maternity leave and pay updated in September 2009
Your rights to maternity leave and pay updated in September 2009
14 Job evaluation and grading support 2000 Download now: The JEGS job evaluation system is widely used in the civil service and related areas
The JEGS job evaluation system is widely used in the civil service and related areas
15 TUPE regulations Download now: On 31 January 2014, new regulations on the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) – known as TUPE – came into effect. These regulations updated the TUPE 2006 regulations which were designed to safeguard employees’ rights when a business or organisation transfers to a new employer.
On 31 January 2014, new regulations on the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) – known as TUPE – came into effect. These regulations updated the TUPE 2006 regulations which were designed to safeguard employees’ rights when a business or organisation transfers to a new employer.
16 Part-time and flexible working Download now: How flexible and reduced patterns of work can help you balance your working life with your personal life
How flexible and reduced patterns of work can help you balance your working life with your personal life
17 Equality at work Download now: An overview of the legal rights that relate to equal opportunities at work as at November 2012.
An overview of the legal rights that relate to equal opportunities at work as at November 2012.
18 Appealing against performance appraisal Download now: The steps likely to be involved in an appeals process
The steps likely to be involved in an appeals process
19 Competencies and how to prepare for them Download now: What competencies are, and how they might affect you if introduced into your workplace
What competencies are, and how they might affect you if introduced into your workplace
20 Homeworking Download now: Homeworking is a flexible arrangement by which workers use their home as their main or subsidiary place of work for an employer, either as an office or as a base from which visits are made. Updated October 2011
Homeworking is a flexible arrangement by which workers use their home as their main or subsidiary place of work for an employer, either as an office or as a base from which visits are made. Updated October 2011
21 Sector skills councils Download now: Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) are independent organisations promoting skills, training and qualifications at all levels. Eighty-five per cent of the UK workforce is covered by one of the 25 SSCs. This guide explains what they are and what they do.
Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) are independent organisations promoting skills, training and qualifications at all levels. Eighty-five per cent of the UK workforce is covered by one of the 25 SSCs. This guide explains what they are and what they do.
22 Millennium development goals Download now: This guide shows how Prospect members can help bring social justice to the global poor and disadvantaged by raising awareness of international development issues through both their professional and union networks.
This guide shows how Prospect members can help bring social justice to the global poor and disadvantaged by raising awareness of international development issues through both their professional and union networks.
23 Defined contribution pension schemes Download now: A guide to assist Prospect members in defined contribution pension schemes plan for retirement and make the most of the pension scheme they are in.
A guide to assist Prospect members in defined contribution pension schemes plan for retirement and make the most of the pension scheme they are in.
24 Redundancy Download now: This members’ guide addresses a number of employment law issues that arise in the context of redundancy, from identifying what a redundancy is through to discriminatory treatment and unfair dismissals. The guide also looks briefly at negotiating a redundancy policy.
This members’ guide addresses a number of employment law issues that arise in the context of redundancy, from identifying what a redundancy is through to discriminatory treatment and unfair dismissals. The guide also looks briefly at negotiating a redundancy policy.
26 Safe driving and work-related road risk Download now: This aims to safeguard you as a road user, protect you as a duty-holder ,and enable Prospect reps to measure and promote their employer’s compliance.
This aims to safeguard you as a road user, protect you as a duty-holder ,and enable Prospect reps to measure and promote their employer’s compliance.
28 Auto-enrolment (pensions) Download now: This guide explains the basics of auto-enrolment in pension schemes: how it is expected to operate, and what decisions members being auto-enrolled may need to make
This guide explains the basics of auto-enrolment in pension schemes: how it is expected to operate, and what decisions members being auto-enrolled may need to make
29 Stress management competencies Download now: Members' Guide introducing HSE's management competency framework to help line manager members manage stress and familiarise themselves with the necessary skills and training.
Members' Guide introducing HSE's management competency framework to help line manager members manage stress and familiarise themselves with the necessary skills and training.
Retired members - a guide to Prospect organisation Download now: A guide for Prospect retired members to help them access our services and facilities (updated after ADC 2014)
A guide for Prospect retired members to help them access our services and facilities (updated after ADC 2014)