Employees have a range of statutory rights which give minimum employment entitlements once any qualifying criteria have been satisfied.
All employees have the following statutory rights regardless of length of service:
to receive a written statement of terms within two months of starting work
to be remunerated at a rate not less than the national minimum wage
to receive an itemised pay statement
to work not more than an average of 48 hours a week (including overtime)
to receive a 20-minute rest break away from the workstation after six hours (employees under 18 years old are entitled to a 30-minute break after four and a half hours)
to receive statutory sick pay
to receive a minimum of 4.6 weeks' paid annual holiday (increasing to 5.6 weeks on 1 April 2009 (this can include bank holidays. This will increase part-time workers' entitlement which is calculated on a pro-rata basis)
to take 52 weeks maternity leave
to be entitled to non-pay benefits during ordinary and additional maternity leave (as from 6 October 2008)
to take (paid) reasonable time off for ante-natal appointments (including relaxation and parent-craft classes during pregnancy)
to have access to stakeholder pension arrangements and the ability to make monthly contributions by deduction from salary (only if the practice has five or more employees)
to take reasonable time off for trade union duties and activities and certain public duties
to be accompanied by a fellow employee or trade union official at disciplinary and grievance meetings.
After one month's continuous service:
to receive a guaranteed payment when there is a temporary shortage of work
to receive one week's notice of termination of employment, increasing by one week for every year worked (up to a maximum of 12 weeks).
After for a period of employment of 26 weeks into the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth:
After 26 weeks’ service:
an employee with a child under six years old or 18, if the child is registered disabled, has the right to request flexible working, be accompanied by a work colleague at a formal meeting and have the right to appeal the decision
an employee with the responsibility for caring for an adult also has the right to request flexible working.
After one year's continuous service:
to take unpaid parental leave for 13 weeks (up to a maximum of four weeks per year) if the employee has a child (natural or adopted) under five years old (to be taken before the child's fifth birthday) or under 18 years old if the child is disabled
not to be unfairly dismissed.
After two years’ continuous service: