These legislations and abbreviations will be used on this page: 

Employment Rights Act 1996 - ERA 1996

Employment Relations Act 1999 - ERA 1999

Equality Act 2010 - EA

The Fixed Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002 - FTER

The Flexible Working Regulations 2014 - FWR 

National Minimum Wage Act 1998 - NMW

The Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 - PWR

The Working Time Regulations 1998 - WTR

Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 - TULRCA

The following rights will apply to most workers. 

According employment legislations, you are entitled - 


  1. To receive a written statement about your job within two months of employment (ERA 1996, s 1);

  2. To be paid the national living wage (if you're over 25; 23 after 01 April 2021) or the national minimum wage (NMW, s 1);

  3. To receive a payslip including indication of any deductions made from your wages (ERA 1996, s 8);

  4. To not have any unlawful deductions from your wages (ERA 1996, s 13);

  5. To be paid holiday pay (WTR, s 13);

  6. To have time off to attend maternity appointments and antenatal care (ERA 1996, s 55, 56)

  7. To have time off for maternity, paternity or adoption leave (ERA 1996, s 71-80);

  8. To take parental leave (unpaid) after 1 year of employment (ERA 1996, s 76-80);

  9. To take leave (unpaid) to care for any dependents in an emergency (ERA 1996, s 57a);

  10. To take leave (unpaid) to study/train if you are an apprentice/young worker (ERA 1996, s 63d);

  11. To take leave (unpaid) to engage in trade union activities (TULRCA, s 168);

  12. To not be discriminated against on the basis of a protected characteristic (i.e. age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage & civil partnerships, pregnancy & maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation) (EA, s 4, 13-19);

  13. To not be treated badly if you engage in whistleblowing (i.e. make a protected disclosure) (ERA 1996, s 47b);

  14. To take proper breaks during working hours (WTR, s 10-12);

  15. To not work more than 48 hours per week (WTR, s 4);

  16. To have the same contractual rights as permanent employees if you are on a fixed term contract (FTER, s 3);

  17. To have the same contractual rights as full-time employees if you are a part-time employee (PWR, s 5);

  18. To be accompanied by a work colleague or trade union representative during grievance/disciplinary proceedings (ERA 1999, s 10);

  19. To submit a flexible working application after 26 weeks of employment (FWR, s 3);

  20. To receive redundancy pay after 2 years of employment and to have paid time off to seek other employment if being made redundant (ERA 1996, s 135);

  21. To receive notice of dismissal if employed for over a month (ERA 1996, s 87);

  22. To receive a written explanation of reasons for dismissal (ERA 1996, s 92)