Employment rights

Susan DennehyEditor's message: Employees have rights relating to almost every aspect of the employment relationship, including the right not to be unfairly dismissed, protection from unlawful deductions from wages, to be paid at least the national minimum wage, the right to holiday and maximum working hours.

Different classes of worker are entitled to different rights. Some statutory rights, such as the right not to be unfairly dismissed, the right to request flexible working and parental leave, depend on the completion of a period of continuous service.

Susan Dennehy, employment law editor

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  • Queen's Speech 2017: Brexit dominates legislative programme

    Date:
    21 June 2017
    Type:
    News

    The Queen has outlined the minority Government's legislative programme for the next two years, concentrating on eight separate Brexit-related bills. However, some of the manifesto pledges made by the Conservatives have been omitted.

  • Date:
    21 June 2017
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    It is easy to view GDPR as just another compliance challenge, but HR can play a crucial role in ensuring everyone in the organisation contributes to a data privacy-friendly culture, says Sarah Thompson.

  • Data protection

    Type:
    Employment law manual

    Updated to include a reference to the Government's announcement in the Queen's Speech that it will introduce a Data Protection Bill.

  • Brexit

    Date:
    21 June 2017
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    Prime Minister Theresa May invoked art.50 of the Treaty on European Union on 29 March 2017 and gave notice to the European Council of the UK's intention to withdraw from the EU. The Government started negotiations with the EU on 19 June 2017 and plans to conclude an agreement on the UK's withdrawal from the EU before 29 March 2019. In the Queen's Speech on 21 June 2017, the Government announced its proposals for a Repeal Bill, complemented by an Immigration Bill, to implement Brexit. To help employers prepare for Brexit, we round up our resources providing practical guidance.

  • General Data Protection Regulation

    Date:
    21 June 2017
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which replaces the 1995 Data Protection Directive, is due to come into force in the UK on 25 May 2018. The Queen's Speech, delivered on 21 June 2017, set out the Government's proposal for a Data Protection Bill for protecting personal data in place of the Data Protection Act 1998. The GDPR will implemented under the Bill. We round up our current and forthcoming resources on preparing for the new data protection regime.

  • Hot weather

    Date:
    20 June 2017
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    Is there a maximum temperature beyond which staff are not expected to work? Should employers relax their dress codes when temperatures are high? Can employees request annual leave at short notice? XpertHR has a range of resources on employment issues that arise during hot weather.

  • FTSE 250 employers could lose more than half of their skilled workers

    Date:
    16 June 2017
    Type:
    News

    More than half of non-UK skilled workers who work for FTSE 250 companies are likely to leave the UK before Brexit, according to a survey by law firm Baker McKenzie.

  • Transfer of undertakings

    Type:
    Employment law manual

    Updated to include information on Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust v Harland and others, in which the EAT considered how to determine the "principal purpose" in relation to a service provision change.

  • Whistleblowing

    Type:
    Employment law manual

    Updated to include information on Beatt v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, concerning an employee’s dismissal for making protected disclosures.

  • Employers unprepared for lower migration after Brexit

    Date:
    12 June 2017
    Type:
    News

    Employers are unprepared for the lower levels of migration pledged by the Government after the UK leaves the EU, a survey by think tank the Resolution Foundation suggests.