For most employees law is not an area of expertise and legal advice on their working arrangements can be expensive and hard to come by. Not only is there the question of finding a suitable lawyer, but the financial expense of taking counsel from them can be prohibitive. Many people do not know their rights under employment law. UK workers have extensive provision under the law to ensure acceptable working conditions, but some unscrupulous bosses ignore simple legal requirements. If you believe that you are being exploited as an employee employment law is well worth examining. Basic research can fortunately be done on the internet for free or very cheaply. This should help you to avoid falling prey to dishonest employers.
Sometimes people are most in need of legal guidance when they have just lost their job. And yet it is often this time when money to pay legal fees can be most difficult to find. There are now, however, online legal companies that offer guidance on employment law and can offer ‘no win, no fee’ arrangements to fight employees’ cases. When assessing these options it is imperative to check that the company you turn to is regulated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority to ensure that you get high-quality legal advice.
Factors that all employees should be aware of include their rate of pay, their entitlement to annual leave and to sick pay, and the working hours that they are expected to complete, as well as many other subjects too numerous to describe fully here. Useful information is available on websites provided by the government on all these topics. Entitlements also vary over time, so it is important to check for updates regularly. For example, from 1 October 2010 new rates and age bands will apply to the national minimum wage.
Even though for many employees law advice will fortunately never be necessary, it is still very helpful to sign a contract when starting work. This can be useful in settling any arguments which arise with your employer. Even if you are persuaded to sign a contract which breaks aspects of the employment law uk employers are required to comply with, you will not lose out because of it. For example, if you sign a contract agreeing to work for less than the national minimum wage the contract will be invalid and you are still entitled to be paid the right amount. Whatever role you occupy as an employee employment law is there to protect you.
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