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Four Things You’re Legally Entitled to At Work in the UK

10 January 2021, 01:16 CET

Whether this is your first paid job in the UK or you're ready to move on and gain experience with another company, you have set rights. Luckily within the UK, workers are protected by UK law in their roles at any company they end up working for in their lifetime.

Whilst workers' rights help keep companies in check to make sure they're treating their employees properly – and legally – your rights also serve as a great foundation for you to keep yourself in check. Continue reading to learn more about your rights as an employee.

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Written Terms

No matter how small the company is that you currently work for or end up working for in the future, they should always provide written terms. These terms are also commonly known as a 'contract' which both you and your employer should mutually understand and sign at the beginning of your employment. These written terms should consist of an outline of your job role, what is expected of you, your responsibilities and the terms of your contract. The terms should also cover your rate of pay, hours, and any other benefits you may be entitled too. Experts recommend that it is a good idea to have your written terms looked over by an employment solicitor. Different employment solicitors do well in ensuring your role is set out and your rights are protected.

Breaks

At times, your break allowance can be difficult to understand as this varies between different job types, your employer and your age. One good thing is that UK law states that an employee is entitled to a minimum break of twenty minutes for every six hours worked. Sadly though, not all employers are entitled to pay for your breaks. If you're under the age of 18, you're entitled to more breaks throughout the day which should be uninterrupted.

National Minimum Wage

Every employer within the UK is legally obliged to pay the National Minimum Wage. This wage can vary depending on your age, so it's useful to check how this may change throughout your employment. The National Minimum Wage also regularly changes as the UK government seek to raise the minimum wage over time. It will be useful if you take some time out and have a look online if you're due a wage rise every so often, no matter how small this change may be. Your employer should also be more than willing to answer any of your questions – so, don't be afraid to check-in! You don't want to lose out.

Protection Against Discrimination

Within the UK, the government have made it somewhat of a priority to make sure that you, as an employee, are fully protected in your job. Everyone should be treated equally, meaning that no one should be discriminated against if they have protected characteristics. Take some time to research the Equality Act online and be vocal with your employer if you have any concerns.

Protect yourself at work by knowing your rights, and don't be afraid to speak up!

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