MANAGEMENT: Create bucket lists
Mark Stroud is a consultant at learning and development organisation AdaptisRead More
Expert: Joanne Eccles
Company: Forum of Private Business
Background: Business advisor
Taking on your first employees is a milestone. As an employer you need to know employee rights.
Pay and hours
• Your employees have the right to be paid the national minimum wage and equally to members of the opposite sex doing the same work of equal value
• Rest breaks and paid holiday must be in line with the Working Time Regulations
• Statutory sick pay and redundancy pay
• Protection from any unauthorised deductions in pay
• Employees are entitled Maternity, paternity and adoption leave and pay , paid leave for antenatal care, unpaid dependants’ leave, unpaid parental leave (after one year) and the right to request flexible working.
• Time off for public duties including jury service.
• Employees must not be discriminated against unlawfully on the grounds of race, sex, marriage, pregnancy, disability, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief.
• Protection against less favourable treatment for part-time workers, those that ‘whistle blow’ and Trade Union members.
Disciplinary and dismissal
• All employees have the right not to be unfairly dismissed, after a qualifying period of two years.
• Employees have the right to access to fair grievance, disciplinary and disciplinary procedures, and the right to be accompanied at hearings.
All employees also have the right to receive a written statement of terms and conditions of employment (such as a contract) within two months or starting. This can avoid one the main causes of employment tribunal claims.