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2 Employment - updated version available December '16

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1. Introduction

2. Do I need a contract of employment?

3. Do I have the right to work in the UK?

If an employer employs someone who doesn't have the legal right to work in the UK, they will be breaking the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996.You may have to prove that you have the right to work. The employer may ask you to show certain things to prove it, including:

  • a national insurance number;
  • a P45 from your former employment;
  • a work permit or similar immigration document; or
  • the appropriate stamp in your passport.

If you do not have the legal right to work in the UK but the employer still wants to employ you, they normally have to apply for a work permit for you from Work Permits (UK) at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate of the Home Office.

There is more information about your right to work in the CLS Direct leaflets 'Claiming Asylum' and 'Immigration and Nationality'. 

4. What is the least I should be paid?

5. How many hours can my employer make me work?

6. Does my employer have to recognise my trade union?

7. What if I've been dismissed unfairly?

8. Bringing a statutory claim for unfair dismissal

9. What if I've been made redundant?

10. Bringing a contractual claim for wrongful dismissal

11. What if I've been discriminated against?

12. What are my rights if I work part-time?

13. What are my rights if I'm having a baby?

14. Can I take leave as a new Father?

15. What are my rights if I'm adopting a child?

16. What other leave can I get after my child is born or adopted?

17. Can I change my working arrangements if I have children?

18. Can I take time off if I am someone's carer?

19. Further Help

20. About this leaflet







This leaflet is published by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). It was written in association with Ian Hunter, Head of the Employment Department, Bird & Bird, Solicitors.

The leaflets are regularly updated but the law may have changed since they were printed so the information in them may be incorrect or out of date.

Leaflet Version: January 2019




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