Am I entitled to staff discounts, access to fitness facilities, staff restaurants or other facilities?

It depends whether your contract of employment entitles you to these benefits. In any event, when providing benefits like these, your employer must be careful not to discriminate unlawfully.

In particular, any differences in the treatment of part-time workers (including zero hours contract workers) must be capable of objective justification when compared with their full-time colleagues.

And as regards temporary agency workers, from day one of any assignment, they have a right to equal access to all collective facilities available to their comparable directly employed colleagues, including, for example, canteens, waiting rooms, vending machines, toilet or changing facilities, mother and baby rooms and so on.

The provision of some of these benefits may be considered by the Inland Revenue to be a taxable benefit.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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