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What basic rights do most homeworkers have?
All workers are entitled to some basic rights at work, and as a homeworker you will generally be entitled to the following rights from the day you start:
- to be paid at least the National Minimum Wage (NMW);
- to refuse to work more than 48 hours per week (unless you sign an agreement saying that you are willing to work longer hours);
- to have a rest break of 20 minutes if your working day is longer than six hours. (If you are under 18, you are entitled to a 30-minute break after working 4.5 hours.);
- to have a daily rest period of 11 hours (though in exceptional cases, part of this can be deferred to be taken at the next available opportunity);
- to have 5.6 weeks' paid annual leave (reduced pro rata if you work part-time);
- to health and safety protection (including your mental health);
- to protection from discrimination (i.e. you have the right not to be treated less favourably by your employer on the grounds of sex, pregnancy/maternity, race, civil partnership/marriage, being transgender, disability, sexual orientation, age and religion or belief.); and
- to join a trade union of your choice.
Some important employment rights are only available to those who are classed as employees. These include rights to: