LRD Booklets July 2012

Law at work 2012

Introduction (1,987 words)

Employment law continues to change and expand with the introduction every year of new legislation and judgments that introduce new rights and affect ...
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1. The employment law system (6,040 words)

Employment rights in the UK come from two main sources. The first is legislation enacted by Parliament in the form of Acts of Parliament or ...
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2. Categories of worker (8,713 words)

There are legal distinctions between an employee, a worker and someone who is genuinely self-employed. These distinctions are important because ...
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3. Starting work and the employment contract (9,503 words)

Most employers require a reference before they will employ someone. Young workers starting work for the first time are likely to come with ...
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4. Rights to pay and conditions (8,540 words)

Under the National Minimum Wage Act 1998, UK workers have the right to a minimum wage, currently set at £6.08 an hour for those aged 21 or over ...
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5. Union and collective organisation (6,067 words)

Union and collective organisation rights are principally governed by the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (TULRCA), which ...
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6. Discrimination (26,445 words)

The Equality Act 2010 came into force in October 2010, consolidating and harmonising anti-discrimination law in the UK in a single source. However, ...
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7. Sick pay and sickness absence (4,376 words)

An employer must provide employees with details of their sick pay entitlement as part of the written statement of employment particulars, within two ...
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8. Leave for working parents (5,547 words)

Recent enhancements to leave for working parents include: an increase in paid maternity and adoption leave from six to nine months; the introduction ...
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9. Industrial action (7,318 words)

The law relating to industrial action covers not just strikes but lockouts, go slows, working to rule, and refusing to cross picket lines, ...
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10. Dismissal (20,866 words)

According to the Ministry of Justice, there were 47,900 claims for unfair dismissal in the year ending March 2011, down from 57,400 for the year ...
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11. Redundancy (13,482 words)

Not every situation in which employees lose their jobs through no fault of their own is covered by redundancy law and confusingly, "redundancy" has ...
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12. Business transfers and contracting out - TUPE (11,699 words)

The basic aim of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) regulations is to protect the employment terms and ...
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Further information (473 words)

Throughout the booklet references have been made to the relevant statutes. Copies of these can be obtained online at: ...
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Employment rights - quick facts (408 words)

Rest break at work of at least 20 minutes (if working day is six hours long or more). ...
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