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Your employment rights

If you've got a query about your rights at work, Prospect can help. As well as dealing with members' individual queries we produce an employment rights factcard, and a series of members' guides covering key issues in more detail.

legal rights factcardThese are examples of the questions we deal with on a daily basis.

  • Am I entitled to a contract setting out the terms of my employment?
  • I have applied for promotion to the next grade several times, but am never successful. In the last promotion round I was sure I was well qualified and suited for promotion. I am now beginning to think that this is due to my race. Can I take a claim to an employment tribunal?
  • I have been working at my job for several years and a new person has just been recruited to do the same job as I do, but they are being paid £3,000 per year more than I am. Am I not entitled to equal pay?
  • I have been off work with chronic fatigue syndrome for several months, my doctor thinks I am ready to go back but that I should have a gradual return to work, rather than going back to full duties immediately. Can I ask my employer for this?
  • How much annual leave am I entitled to?
  • Can my employer insist I work on bank holidays?

Do you need advice or help with a work-related issue?

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Employment law resources


Your legal rights at work   info
This factcard outlines your rights at work as of 1 January 2017. It only covers the minimum legal requirements – in most cases your contract of employment will offer better terms, so the rights in your contract will apply.

Members' guides

03 Harassment and bullying   info

04 Individual contracts of employment   info

05 whistleblowing   info

06 e-mail and the internet at work   info

08 Stress   info

09 Fixed term contracts   info

11 Employment tribunals   info

12 Parental and family leave   info

13 Maternity rights   info

15 TUPE regulations   info

16 Part-time and flexible working   info

17 Equality at work   info

24 Redundancy   info

27 atypical workers   info

Employment law updates

0430 - Apprenticeships: The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and The Disclosure and Barring Service [DBS]   info

0429 - Annual Revision of Compensation limits   info

0428 - Post-termination Restrictive Covenants   info

0427 - Gender Pay Gap Regulations 2017   info

Equality rights in goods, services & cakes   info

0425 - Calculation of Holiday pay - including overtime, commission, & allowances   info

0424 - ACAS Early Conciliation records April - June 2016   info

0422 - Injunction for inducement to breach contract   info

0421 - Check-off challenge succeeds   info

0420 - Taxation on settlements and awards   info

0419 - Whistleblowing cases update   info

0418 - The right to be accompanied to Disciplinary and Grievance Hearings   info

0417 - Sickness Absence Procedures are contractual   info

0416 - National Minimum Wage – Updated Rates   info

0415 - Employment status and crown employment   info