What Are Your Rights When You Get a Job?


When you get a job, there are certain rights that you have. If you haven’t had a job before, you might be aware of what these rights are, but you need to be. If you don’t know what your rights are, then you could be exploited by your employer in the future. So, here are your rights.

Statutory Rights

Statutory rights are the rights that every person who is employed by a company is entitled to. You need to be aware of these rights because they are written into law. If a company tries to deny you these statutory rights, then they are breaking the law. For example, if they are trying to pay you less than the minimum wage, then you can report them to the police, and they will be prosecuted.

Pay is just one of the statutory rights that you are entitled to. There are many other to be aware of as well. You are also entitled to 28 days paid holiday, not to be discriminated against and maternity leave. Then there is ssp entitlement. This is the amount of sick pay that you are entitled to if you become too sick to go to work.

Who Has Statutory Rights?

So, does everyone have the statutory rights outlined above? Well, the answer to that is no. If you are not an actual employee, then you are not entitled to these rights. This is not a straightforward issue though, so don’t accept this without finding out more first. Many people are classified as self-employed or trainees by their employers. This means that they don’t get full statutory rights. But what your employer says is not all that’s important.

Many people legally qualify as employed even if their employer doesn’t classify them as such. You do some research and find out what the full legal definition of employment is and see how this compare to your situation. You could take your employer to an employment tribunal if you think you are being illegally denied these statutory rights. Some jobs, such as doctors and police have different statutory rights too.

Contractual Rights

Every employee will have a contract that is signed by both the employer and the employee. You need to know what this says with regards to your pay and other terms. This contract is legally binding, so that means your employer can’t go back on any of the rights outlined in the contract. If your contract says that you are entitled to a certain level of pay, for example, then you have to be paid that much.

Your employer might try to change the rights in your contract, but they have no right to do this. So, make sure you understand your contract and the rights that are outlined in it. If you think that your employers are acting in a way that is contravening the agreement outlined in your contract, take legal action. Breaching a contract is serious, and it’s not something that an employer can do, so don’t roll over and accept it.

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