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Your Rights at Work

This page will help you know and understand your rights and responsibilities at Work


Minimum Wage Rates

The Government sets the minimum wage rates and these come into force every 1 April every year. Visit the Government Website for the latest rates

Child Employment

At what age can you start work?

The general rule is that you can start part time work from the age of 13; but this can only be 'light work' and must not interfere with your education.

Child Law advice

Visit the Government Website for up to date information

Health and Safety at Work

There are special rules that employers have to follow if you are under 18

Lack of experience can place young workers at greater risk, and employers cannot:

  • give you work that is beyond your physical or psychological capacity
  • involves harmful exposure to toxins
  • involves risk or exposure to to accidents that young people may not appreciate

This TUC worksmart page gives you information and links

The Health and Safety Executive have information and guidance for you

The Health and Safety Executive guide for new and young workers that your employer should follow is here

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents advice for young workers

 Problems at Work

There will be times at work when things go wrong, and this section gives information on what happens then

When something goes wrong at work, it is usually because you are not happy with how you feel your employer is treating you; or your employer is not happy with what you have done at work.

If you are not happy, this is usually called a grievance

If your employer is not happy, this is usually called a disciplinary

ACAS have guidance on dealing with workplace problems

Citizens Advice have useful information too

If you are a member of a Trade Union, you can ask them for help.

Discrimination at Work

You have the right not to be discriminated against at work.

The Equality Act 2010 provides a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all. 

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has a statutory code of practice for employment

Trade Unions

A Trade Union is a group of workers who join together to protect and improve their conditions of employment.

All workers have the right to join or not to join a Trade Union

You can find the right trade union to join on the Trades Union Congress (TUC) website

Trade Union representatives provide information, help, support and representation for you at work.  It is unlawful for your employer to  tell you that you can't join a Trade Union, even if there is not one in your workplace, or they do not recognise unions. This is a right you have under Article 11 of the Human Right Act


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