Work / Employment

Employment is a very important part of many people’s lives and it’s important to feel content. Unfortunately issues can arise which may make you feel anxious or insecure in your job. These issues can range from changes in your employment contract, to restructures and redundancies or disputes with a colleague or line managers. 

This section includes several links which can help if you’re having problems at work.

If you feel that you are being treated differently because of who you are, you may be being discriminated against. Visit our DISCRIMINATION section for more information. 

1. YOUR BASIC RIGHTS AT WORK

This section provides information on general rights at work, contracts of employment and your rights if you work for an agency worker. Please click on the links below to be taken to your desired section.

AGENCY WORK

If you're an agency worker it's important to know how you should be treated by your agency and your employer.

Find out more information about your rights here
Source: Citizens Advice

BASIC RIGHTS WORK

Find out more information on contracts of employment, holidays, pay etc. here
Source: Citizens Advice

CHILD EMPLOYMENT

You are not allowed to work full time until you are 16 and have finished school. If you are 13 to 15 and want to earn a bit of money you can have a job, but there are lots of rules about the length of time you can work for and the type of work you can do.

Find out more information here
Source: Gov.uk

CONTRACTS OF EMPLOYMENT

Read information on employment contracts including the difference between workers and employees, between employed and self-employed status, changes to contracts, and illegal contracts. 

Find out more information here 
Source: Citizens Advice

DISCRIMINATION AT WORK

The Commission has written a series of guides to explain your rights under equality law. These guides support the Equality Act 2010. The Act brings together lots of different equality laws, many of which we have had for a long time. By doing this, the Act makes equality law simpler and easier to understand.
Source: Equality and Human Rights Commission

FLEXIBLE WORKING

If you are finding it hard to balance your work life with other commitments, you could consider asking to work flexibly. This means asking your employer to work in a different way from the way you work at present.

This link helps you decide what kind of request to make.
Source: Citizens Advice

HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK

This site provides information for all workers on their rights and responsibilities that affect health and safety at work
Source: Health and Safety Executive

INSOLVENCY: WHAT TO DO IF YOUR EMPLOYER GOES OUT OF BUSINESS

If your employer is ‘insolvent’ this means it can’t pay its debts. You have rights if this happens and can make a claim for money you’re owed.

Find out more information here
Source: Gov.uk

MATERNITY PAY AND LEAVE

This guide outlines your rights when you are pregnant and after the birth
Source: Maternity Action

PATERNITY PAY AND LEAVE

Read about your rights to pay and time off if you are a father here
Source: Source: Worksmart TUC

PAY

General Information on Pay

Information about pay, which includes when and how you get paid, including notice periods, deductions and overtime, are crucial terms of your contract with your employer. 

Find out information regarding any queries about pay here
Source: Worksmart TUC

National Minimum Wage & the Living Wage

Find out if you are entitled to the minimum wage of living wage and get information on what to do if you are not paid the correct amount.

Click here to use this tool.
Source: Citizens Advice

 

REDUNDANCY

If you are made redundant, there are lots to think about at a difficult time.

Find out what your rights are and what procedures must be followed. 
Check what redundancy pay you are entitled to.
Find out how to avoid debt, re-train or think about a new career.

Find out all of the above information here 
Source: Citizens Advice

SELF EMPLOYMENT: THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES

There is more information about self-employment under our TAX section 

Self-employment at first it seems attractive, especially if you have recently become unemployed or redundant. Although one of the main attractions of becoming self-employed is no longer having to work for somebody else there are several disadvantages you should consider.

Click here for a useful checklist.
Source: Citizens Advice

SICKNESS AT WORK

Are you entitled to sick pay?

Information on who is entitled to sick pay from their employer. 

Find out more information here 
Source: Citizens Advice

How to claim sick pay

Information on how to claim sick pay from your employer and what information you may need. 

Find out more information here
Source: Citizens Advice

Other entitlements when you are off work sick

Information about what other payments you may be entitled to and what to do when you sick pay ends

Find out more information here
Source: Citizens Advice

Getting sick pay when you are pregnant

Different rules might apply depending if your illness is related to your pregnancy or not.

Find out more information here
Source: Citizens Advice

STRESS, DEPRESSION AND MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT AT WORK

Mental health problems like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder do not need to stop you from working.

Click here for practical advice about talking to your employer and your rights at work.
Source: Time to Change

WORKING HOURS, HOLIDAYS, BREAKS AND LEAVE

Most people at work have a basic set of working time rights that cover how long they can work each week, how often they should get breaks and how much holiday they should get each year.

Find out more information here
Source: Worksmart TUC

YOUNG WORKERS

This section explains in clear language what rights you have at work and how to make sure you are being treated properly by your employer. It’s a good guide if you are starting work for the first time.

Read the guide here 
Source: Citizens Advice

2. USEFUL CALCULATORS

Please click on the links below to be taken to your desired section.

FOR WORKERS

Calculating your Redundancy Pay

Redundancy pay is based on age, weekly pay and number of years in the job.

Calculate how much statutory redundancy you can get here.
Source: Gov UK

Pay calculator

This form is for calculating your annual, monthly, weekly, daily and hourly rates of pay given only one of them. 
Source: Worksmart TUC

Holiday entitlement calculator

Calculate statutory holiday entitlement in days or hours for a full leave year or work out holiday someone is entitled to when they start or leave a job part way through a leave year

Calculate your statutory holiday entitlement here
Source: Gov.uk

Maternity Pay Calculator

This calculator helps you to estimate your Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) and work out your qualifying week. It can also estimate your Maternity Allowance if you don’t qualify for SMP
Source: Gov.UK

National Minimum Wage calculator for workers

Check if your pay matches the National Minimum Wage or if your employer owes you payments from past years here

FOR EMPLOYERS

Calculate your employee's statutory sick pay

This calculator is for employers. Calculate your employee's Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) here
Source: Gov.UK

Calculate your employee's statutory redundancy pay

This calculator is for employers. Calculate your employee's statutory redundancy payment here
Source: Gov.UK

Maternity and paternity calculator for employers

This calculator is for employers. Calculate maternity, paternity and adoption pay here
Source: Gov.UK

National Minimum Wage calculator for employers

Check if you’re paying a worker the National Minimum Wage or if you owe them payments from past years here
Source: Gov.UK

3. WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM AT WORK

This section provides information on how to raise a grievance at work.

Under HELPFUL TOOLS there is a sample letter which you can use to help write a grievance 

Problems at work

If you have a problem at work, these pages will help you understand how to tackle it and what to do at each stage, whether you're sorting things out informally, taking out a grievance or making a claim to an employment tribunal

Find out more information here
Source: Citizens Advice

You have a problem with your employer

Click here for a list of scenarios and useful information about resolving certain problems
Source: Worksmart TUC

4. WHAT ACTION AN EMPLOYER CAN TAKE AGAINST YOU

This section provides information on disciplinary action and dismissal.

Discipline

Click here if you are facing disciplinary action from your employer.
Source: ACAS

Dismissal

A dismissal may be fair or unfair depending on the circumstances of the dismissal.
Click here to read a guide that will help you work through the steps to help you identify whether you can make a claim for unfair dismissal
Source: Citizens Advice

5. SELF EMPLOYMENT

This section provides information about setting up your own business and useful links to help you and your business.

Self employment checklist

Click here for information on self employment including: setting up; employing other people; financial issues; further sources of help and advice.
Source: Citizens Advice

Choosing the legal status of your business

Click here for an explanation of the different legal structures of a business. It gives you information whether you decide to be a sole trader, a partnership or a limiter company
Source: Gov.uk

Starting your own business

Find out more information here
Source: HMRC

Help setting up a business in the North East

Click here to find out information about organisations who may be able to help you if you are setting up a business in the Stockton Borough
Source: National Enterprise network

6. GETTING INTO WORK OR TRAINING

This section provides information about where to apply for apprenticeships and where to go locally if you need support to find employment.

Apprenticeships

Applying for an apprenticeship and information on your rights to pay and holidays

Find out more information here 
Source: Gov.uk

Apply for an apprenticeship

Click here to search and apply for apprenticeship vacancies in England.
Source: Gov.uk

Youth Employment Initiative

The Tees Valley Pathways and Routeways programmes form part of the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) and aims to support young people across the Tees Valley aged 15-29 who are unemployed and/or not in education, employment or training until the end of July 2018. There are a number YEI providers within Stockton-on Tees and this guide is here to help you navigate the best option for your client. 

Click here to access the guide
Source: Stockton Borough Council

 

7. HELPFUL TOOLS

We have provided a variety of tools below to help you with your problem but if you still need help, you can click on FIND LOCAL AGENCIES WHO CAN HELP YOU for information about local agencies who may be able to assist you further.

Please click on the links below to be taken to your desired section. 

CALCULATORS

Calculating your Redundancy Pay

Redundancy pay is based on age, weekly pay and number of years in the job.

Calculate how much statutory redundancy you can get here.
Source: Gov UK

Pay calculator

This form is for calculating your annual, monthly, weekly, daily and hourly rates of pay given only one of them. 
Source: Worksmart TUC

Holiday entitlement calculator

Calculate statutory holiday entitlement in days or hours for a full leave year or work out holiday someone is entitled to when they start or leave a job part way through a leave year

Calculate your statutory holiday entitlement here
Source: Gov.uk

Maternity Pay Calculator

This calculator helps you to estimate your Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) and work out your qualifying week. It can also estimate your Maternity Allowance if you don’t qualify for SMP
Source: Gov.UK

National Minimum Wage calculator for workers

Check if your pay matches the National Minimum Wage or if your employer owes you payments from past years here

SAMPLE LETTERS

What to include in a Grievance Letter 

The way you present your grievance letter can help to get a problem sorted out more quickly.This link gives some basic rules for writing a grievance letter and a checklist to make sure that your letter has all the relevant information.

Find out more information here
Source: Citizens Advice

Grievance Letter

Letter to raise a grievance by an employee about something which has happened at work.

Find out more information here
Source: Citizens Advice 

PODCASTS AND VIDEOS

Citizens Advice: Employment Advice in BSL can be found here 

FACT SHEETS AND LEAFLETS


ACAS

Disability Rights UK

NATIONAL HELPLINES

Citizens Advice

Advice by phone is available from Citizens Advice Bureaux 
Telephone: 0344 2451295

Pay and Work Rights Helpline

Help and advice for workers and employers on workers’ rights at work.
Telephone 0800 917 2368

Acas Helpline

The Acas Helpline provides free and impartial advice for employers, employees and representatives on a range of employment relations, employment rights, HR and management issues.
Telephone: 0300 123 1100

Equality Advisory Support Service

The EASS can explain legal rights and remedies within discrimination legislation
Telephone: 0808 800 0082

National Careers Service

Call the National Careers Service helpline for information and advice about jobs, careers and training if you’re 13 or older
Telephone: 0800 100 900

Business Support Helpline

Get business support and advice over the phone.
Telephone: 0300 456 3565

WEBSITES USED IN THIS SECTION

ACAS

ACAS provides information, advice, training, conciliation and other services for employers and employees to help prevent or resolve workplace problems.
www.acas.org.uk

AdviceNow

Advicenow is an independent, not-for-profit website, run by the charity Law for Life: the Foundation for Public Legal Education.
www.advicenow.org.uk

Citizens Advice

The Adviceguide website is the main public information service of Citizens Advice, providing people with round-the-clock access to CAB information on their rights - including benefits, housing and employment, and on debt, consumer and legal issues.
www.adviceguide.org.uk

Equality and Human Rights Commission

The EHRC seeks to uphold people’s rights, value diversity and challenge intolerance.
http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/about-us/about-the-commission/our-vision-and-mission

Health and Safety Executive

Advice, guidance, news, templates, tools, legislation, publications from Great Britain's independent regulator for work-related health, safety and illness
http://www.hse.gov.uk/

HMRC

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/

Gov.uk

The websites of all government departments and many other agencies and public bodies 
www.gov.uk

Maternity Action

Maternity Action is the UK’s leading charity committed to ending inequality and improving the health and well-being of pregnant women, partners and young children
www.maternityaction.org.uk

National Enterprise Network

National Enterprise Network is a unique membership body representing the enterprise support sector across England.
www.nationalenterprisenetwork.org

Time to Change

Time to Change is England's biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.
www.time-to-change.org.uk/

WorkSMART-TUC

workSMART is brought to you by the TUC - the umbrella for Britain's unions.
Our aim is to help everyone at work - whether or not they are union members - get a good deal from their working life. We are here not just when things go wrong, but also to help you get on, keep well, plan for when you retire, and sort out your career.
www.worksmart.org.uk