As an employee you have extensive rights and certain protections under legislation. Your rights include the right to:
- Paid Holiday - a minimum of 28 working days paid holiday per annum including public holidays (Note: these are as per your normal working week so that if you work part-time for 8 hours per week you are entitled to four weeks paid holiday at your normal remuneration of 8 hours per week.)
- Maternity and Parental Leave – Women can have time off work to have a baby, and also to return to work within a given time period, resuming their job on the same terms and conditions. Both parents of young children up to the age of 5 are entitled to (unpaid) leave of 8 weeks during the first five years. There are special provisions, concerning parents with disabled children.
- Sick Pay - an entitlement to statutory sick pay (SSP) for up to 28 weeks in any three-year period.
Protection from Discrimination - Workers have statutory protection from discrimination on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religion, race, age or disability.
Security from Summary Dismissal - Provided you are not in breach of contract you cannot be terminated from your job without being properly compensated, provided you have at least one year's continuous service. There are significant damages which may be awarded for unfair dismissal.
You also have other rights at the workplace under the Human Rights Act 1998.