Employment Rights Hub

As part of the Mayor's promise to make London a fairer city to work in, we're providing information about different employment rights plus details of what to do if you're having trouble at work.

What are employment rights?

In the UK there are laws made by the government that protect you at work. These are called statutory employment rights. It means that the person you work for must treat you fairly. If they don't they may be breaking the law. The person you work for might give you extra rights as part of your contract or agreement. These are called contractual employment rights.  

Do I have employment rights?

Everyone who works in the UK has some employment rights. It doesn't matter where you come from or what job you do.

The contractual rights you have should be written in your contract (if you have one). The number of statutory rights you have depends on something called your employment status. This is decided by the type of agreement or contract you have with the person you work for.

What is my employment status?

The three main types of employment status are: 

  1. Employee - most people who work regular hours for another person or a company are called employees. They have lots of employment rights
  2. Worker - most people who only work for another person or company when there is work available are called workers. They have some employment rights
  3. Self-employed - people who own their own company or business are self-employed. They don't have very many employment rights

It can be very difficult to work out what your employment status is - but it is very important to know so that you understand what rights you have.

There is some useful information to help you work out your employment status on the Trade Union Congress (TUC) website. It is also available in 21 different languages.

What are my rights?

We've pulled together lots of useful information on a whole range of different employment rights including:

  • Being treated fairly and equally - discrimination and harassment, protection for whistleblowers, right to join a trade union, modern slavery
  • Rights when you lose your job - redundancy pay, protection from unfair dismissal, notice periods and pay, Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment)
  • Pay and pensions - National Minimum Wage or Living Wage, unlawful deductions from your salary, itemised payslips, workplace pension
  • Rights for families and parents - maternity leave and pay, paternity leave and pay, shared parental leave and pay, adoption leave and pay
  • Working hours and conditions - rest breaks, health and safety, right to request flexible working, working hours
  • Taking time off work - sick leave and pay, annual leave or holiday pay, time off for emergencies

How do I deal with a problem at work?

If you are having a problem at work there are lots of things you can do to try and solve it yourself. 

Citizens Advice has some good advice on their website about steps you can take to deal with problems at work.

Whatever you do, it's really important to take action quickly because you only have a certain amount of time to complain to the person you work for in some cases. 

If you are struggling to deal with the problem yourself, try using our 'explore your rights' pages to find out information about the rights that may be relevant. We'll also tell you where you can get more help or advice from an expert if you need it.

One of the best ways to get help dealing with a problem at work is to join a Trade Union. Find the right union for you.

What is the Mayor doing to make London a better place to work?

The Mayor promised to make London a fairer city when he was elected, and a big part of this is making sure that everybody who works in London is treated well by the person they work for.

The Mayor is asking businesses and companies in London to sign up to the Good Work Standard which makes them promise to treat the people who work for them fairly.

He also wants everybody who works in London to know what their employment rights are so they can tell when they are being treated badly. If they are being treated unfairly, the Mayor wants to tell people where they can get help and support to do something about it.  

Use the links above to find out where to get information and what to do if you're being treated unfairly at work.

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