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Employment Law- Do you know your rights?

Employment Law- Do you know your rights?

The Conservative party have said they will give employees a statutory right to unpaid carers leave in order to look after elderly relatives but what are some of the other rights workers already have to time off?

  1. All employees and workers are entitled to 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday per year which equates to 28 days (including bank holidays) for full time staff
  2. Generally, adult workers are entitled to:
  • 11 hours’ uninterrupted rest per day;
  • 24 hours’ uninterrupted rest per week (or 48 hours uninterrupted rest per fortnight); and
  • An in work rest break of 20 minutes if the working day is more than six hour
  1. Employees under notice of redundancy dismissal are entitled to take reasonable paid time off during working hours to look for a new job
  2. Employees with at least 26 weeks’ service who work for employers with 250 or more employees are entitled to request time off work to undertake study or training but the time off is unpaid, if the request is granted
  3. Employees have the right to take a “reasonable” amount of unpaid time off work to take “necessary” action to deal with certain situations affecting their dependants. This is right to take unpaid time off to:
  • provide assistance if a dependant falls ill, gives birth, is injured or assaulted;
  • to make care arrangements for the provision of care for a dependant who is ill or injured;
  • in consequence of the death of a dependant;
  • to deal with the unexpected disruption, termination or breakdown of arrangements for the care of a dependant; or
  • to deal with an unexpected incident which involves the employee’s child during school (or another educational establishment) hours
  1. A pregnant employee or agency worker is entitled to paid time off during working hours for the purpose of receiving antenatal care
  2. A person who is in a “qualifying relationship” with a pregnant woman (or her expected child) is entitled to take unpaid time off during their working hours to accompany the woman to antenatal appointments
  3. All pregnant employees are entitled to 52 weeks’ statutory maternity leave, some of which may be paid depending on length of service
  4. Rather than having a right to take time off to carry out jury service, employees are protected from being dismissed or disadvantaged as a result of being absent from work on jury service but there is no obligation on an employer to pay the employee
  5. A worker who has agreed to accompany a colleague (another of the employer’s workers) to a disciplinary or grievance hearing is entitled to paid time off during working hours to fulfil that responsibility

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