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Part Time Workers: Regulations

The Part-Time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 introduced new rights for part-time workers. The regulations ensure that part-time workers cannot be treated any less favourably in their contractual terms and conditions than their full-time counterparts. This measure was introduced by the Government to reinforce its policy of putting in place decent minimum […]

How Safety Law Reforms May Affect Workers

Soon after coming to power, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, asked Lord Young to review health and safety law in the UK. In October 2010, Lord Young published his review, Common Sense, Common Safety. David Cameron agreed with all of the review’s contents and said that the government would act on its recommendations. Workplaces Many […]

Holiday Pay & Overtime: The Changes

The European Working Time Directive states that workers should receive four weeks statutory holiday pay. This was implemented in the UK by The Working Time Directive 1998. In 2009, the UK Government increased this allowance to 5.6 weeks annual statutory holiday pay. This is a minimum statutory requirement, but employers can offer contractual holiday pay […]

Helpful Organisations

Here is a list of useful organisations that have featured throughout our series on ‘Safe Workers’ which will enable you to find out more detailed information about a particular subject or issue: ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitrary Service) Address: Euston Tower286 Euston RoadLondon NW1 3JJ Tel: 08457 474 747Website: www.acas.org.uk Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) To […]

Help for Young Parents

Workers face pressures at the best of times but when you’re also bringing up young children it can be particularly demanding to juggle both Family and Work Commitments. This is even truer if both parents go out to work which many have to do these days. Some Facts It’s estimated that around 40% of all […]

The Rights of Agency Workers

Agency workers often see their employment as a stepping stone to getting their foot in the door of a particular company or use it to gain valuable experience to further their career aspirations .Many agency workers choose to let an employment agency find them work because for some it gives them Flexible Working Hours. They […]

Maternity and Paternity

Government legislation allows statutory parental leave to both mothers and fathers, although entitlements are different. Maternity Leave As an ’employee’, you are entitled to 26 weeks of ‘Ordinary Maternity Leave’. Provided you give notification to your employer, you can take this no matter how long you’ve been with the company, how many hours you work […]

The Dangers Of Asbestos At Work

Exposure to Asbestos is the single biggest cause of work-related deaths in the UK, claiming more than 50,000 victims in the last 30 years. The effects can take many years to develop but Asbestos-related illnesses can include conditions as deadly as lung cancer, asbestosis and Mesothelioma. The diseases can extend far beyond the people working […]

Probation Periods at Work – UK Law & Employee Rights

If you’ve recently gotten a new job, your contract may specify a probation period. This is an increasingly common feature when starting a new role. The length and scope of your probationary period should be specified in your contract of employment before you begin work. Probation Period Meaning A probation period is a trial period […]