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Employment rights

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?

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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

08 Stress   info

27 atypical workers   info

Employment law updates

0448 - 90% increase in tribunal claims   info

0447 - Annual Revision of Compensation Limits   info

0446 - Taxation of Termination Payments   info

0445 - On call and working time   info

0443 - Employment status round-up   info

0442 - Holiday pay for workers   info

0441 - Increase in compensation for injury to feelings   info

0440 - Industrial action ballots and the expected period of action   info

0439 - Whistleblowing - the meaning of "Public Interest"   info

0438 - Employer’s right to monitor emails   info

0436 - Calculation of Holiday pay – includes regular voluntary overtime   info

0435 - Multiple tribunal claims   info

0434 - Training bonds & fees   info

0433 - Multiple choice test was disability discrimination   info

0432 - Failure to apply 'fair and open competition' makes employment contract unlawful   info