What are the fundamental statutory employment rights?

What are the fundamental statutory employment rights?

There are some statutory employment rights that apply to all employees regardless of their hours of work or the length of time they have been employed. Employees have the right to equal pay and not to have unlawful deductions from pay, as well as the right to make a complaint of unfair dismissal if dismissed on such grounds.

Domestic employers are not bound by Equal Opportunities, Fair Employment or Race Relations legislation when selecting employees. However, once you have employed someone, you need to ensure that you do not discriminate against him or her. For example, it is unlawful to dismiss a female employee for being pregnant. As a group, disabled people have often faced discrimination in employment and therefore, will want to ensure that they do not discriminate against anyone on the grounds of gender, religion, disability etc.

Employees who have been employed for at least one month have the right to written particulars of employment within two months of starting work. These will incorporate method and timing of pay, holiday entitlements etc. and should include a brief description of the duties of the post and a job title.

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