According to research released last month, many employers are not complying with their legal obligations and so individuals are being tricked out of their entitlements. By way of a reminder of some of the basics:
1. Employees should be given written details of their basic employment terms. The list of required details is set out in legislation and includes things like their rate of pay, hours and place of work and holiday/sickness entitlements. (Note that there are changes coming into force in April 2020 which mean that workers will be entitled to receive a similar statement too.)
2. A full-time employee or worker is entitled to a minimum of 28 days holiday per year (inclusive of any public/bank holidays). This can be pro-rated for part-time employees/workers.
3. Minimum wage rates apply. Currently an employee or worker aged 25 or over should be paid at least £8.21 for each hour worked.
4. Employees should be given an itemised payslip. Employees and workers are also protected from deductions being made from their pay (except in specific circumstances).
5. Employees are entitled to receive statutory sick pay if they are unable to attend work due to sickness or injury.
6. Employees and workers are entitled to rest, for example, having at least a 20 minutes break if they work more than 6 hours.
Of course, there are many more rights and obligations too. Employers should ensure that they are complying with all of the various laws. Apparently smaller businesses and the retail and hospitality sectors are the worst offenders.
About one in 20 workers does not get paid holidays, while one in 10 does not get a payslip, according to a report by the Resolution Foundation think tank. It found workers over the age of 65 are most likely to not have paid holidays, despite a legal entitlement to 28 days a year, or pro-rota for part-timers. And workers aged 25 and under are twice as likely to be underpaid the minimum wage that any other age group. The think tank says its findings reveal the extent of illegal labour practices. Workers in hotels and restaurants miss out out more than others on legal workplace entitlements, the report says. Meanwhile, those in small firms, employing fewer than 25, are most likely to not get payslips and paid leave, as are workers on zero-hours and temporary contracts