Editor'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
Updated to include information on Adeshina v St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and others, in which one of the issues the Court of Appeal considered was fairness in an appeal process.
A recent legal case involving messaging service WhatsApp raises issues about monitoring employee communications. Nick Le Riche, a partner at Bircham Dyson Bell, offers practical tips on balancing employees' privacy rights with employers' need to protect confidential data.
An employment tribunal has held that the employer breached the claimant's right to be accompanied when it refused to allow his chosen companions, trade union representatives, to accompany him at a disciplinary appeal hearing. However, it awarded compensation of £2 only, on the basis that the employer had understandable reasons for the refusal.
Updated to provide information on the Government's call for views on the derogations contained within the General Data Protection Regulation.
In our upcoming webinar, experts Ross McKean and Katherine Gibson give practical advice for employers developing a compliance plan.
The Government seeks views on derogations under the General Data Protection Regulation.
In Grange v Abellio London Ltd  IRLR 108 EAT, the EAT held that a worker does not have to have made an explicit request to take a rest break under reg.12(1) of the Working Time Regulations 1998 for the employer to have refused a rest break for the purposes of reg.30(1)(a). It is sufficient that working arrangements operate in such a way as to prevent the break from being taken.
With spring's four bank holidays fast approaching, it's easy to get used to the concept of the long weekend. We examine the growing support for a shorter working week and potential benefits it could bring.
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. We round up our current and forthcoming resources on preparing for the GDPR.
Updated to include further details on the role of the PRA and FCA as "prescribed persons" under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employment rights.