Employment rights

Employment law is designed to safeguard employee rights, but it also removes ambiguity about what's expected of both parties, so get it right.

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Employment rights - overview

Employees are protected by a wide range of employment rights. This overview will help you understand the key regulations and avoid expensive mistakes.

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Rights for working parents and carers

Our overview of maternity, paternity, adoption and parental rights, including leave surrounding a birth or adoption, pay and time off for child care.

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Sickness issues and SSP

Businesses lose a lot of money through employee sickness. Read our guide to your obligations to ill employees and how to manage unauthorised absence.

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The law on flexible working

Almost all employees with at least 26 weeks’ service have the right to ask for flexible working. Advice on how to consider flexible working requests.

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Taking the angst out of auto-enrolment

Small business owners are having to face up to the legal requirement to enrol employees into a workplace pension. Rachel Miller explores the options.

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Handling pay and wages

You must pay your workers in accordance with the law and with their contracts of employment. This Acas guidance can help you get it right.

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Q&A: Choosing a staff pension scheme

Charles Counsell, executive director automatic enrolment at The Pensions Regulator, answers key questions for employers on choosing a pension scheme