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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?

4. What is the least I should be paid?

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

Your employment contract or written statement of terms should tell you your normal working hours. However, as well as providing for annual holidays, the Working Time Regulations say that you should not work more than 48 hours a week on average, unless you have agreed in writing to work more. If you have signed a form saying you will work more than 48 hours a week, you can change your mind and say you no longer want to do this. You may have to give your employer notice of this, but they cannot insist on any more than three months' notice.

The regulation also set out:

  • the average number of hours a day you can work if you work nights; and
  • how often you must be allowed to take rest breaks and how long you must be allowed for the breaks.

You can complain to an employment tribunal if your rights under the regulation are broken. You are also protected from being dismissed or treated less favourably for complaining that your rights have been broken. 

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regularly updated but the law may have changed since they were printed so the information in them may be incorrect or out of date.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