Employment Law, What Employees Need To Know

Employment law can often be difficult to understand for the average employee, but the basics of employment law are simple to understand for most people to ensure their terms of employment are both legal and fair.

Employment law takes on two basic areas, which are the contracted terms of employment and the employee’s statutory rights.

No matter what terms of employment an employee agrees to they must meet as a minimum the rules and regulations approved by the UK Parliament. When the agreed terms of employment included in a contract of employment supersede the laws introduced by Parliament, the contract of employment should always be adhered to.

There are a number of basic laws that apply to all full-time employees and must be met by employers of part time workers. For instance, the national minimum wage must be paid to all workers as a basic part of employment law. All workers can negotiate their own salary as long as it meets or exceeds the UK government introduced minimum wage.

Another basic requirement for all employees working full time is that they must be provided with a minimum of 28 days paid holiday per year. Employment law in the UK ensures part time workers are also provided with paid holiday days worked out on a pro rota basis based on the number of hours worked by the employee.

Within the basic rules of employment law is the requirement that a 48-hour working week is a maximum permitted under a contract of employment.

The rules mentioned above are examples of statutory employment law, which is mandated by the UK government to be adhered to by all employers throughout the UK.

Employees of all companies are required by law to receive a written statement detailing the terms of their employment, which includes all the requirements of the employee and employer during employment. The contractual rights of the employee are generally made and agreed to at the time the individual is hired.