Statutory rights

Understanding your basic statutory rights at work

Firstly you should understand that any contract that you sign cannot take your statutory rights away.

For example if you agree to terms of employment that state you can only have one weeks paid leave per year, when the law states that you can have four weeks. Then the contract you have signed will not apply to you.

If however the contract you signs gives you more entitledment, for instance 6 weeks paid leave a year and the law says you are only entitled to four weeks. Then the contract you have signed will apply as it is more beneficial to you.

In very exeptional cases some workers will not be entitled to specifc statutory rights. This could be for instance a freelance worker or someonw who is employed through a agency.

Now sometimes with certain companies a employee will only gain specific rights after they have been employed with that company for a certain time. Therefore before signing up with any employer you should always clarify this point with them before hand.

Some of your basic statutory rights as a disabled employee:

  • to be treated equally and fairly like your non disabled colleagues.
  • not to be discriminated agianst on the grounds of your sexuality, age, or religious beliefs.
  • right to a itemised pay slip.
  • the right to paid holiday.
  • the right for paid maternity leave.
  • as long as you have worked for a employer for over a month, you have the right to notice of dismissal.

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