The Basics

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As employees or workers, the law gives us certain rights. These rights might stem from our contract of employment, called 'contractual rights', or from statutes – Acts of Parliament or Regulations – called 'statutory rights'.

Statutory rights might be particular to us as individuals, such as protection against unlawful discrimination, or 'collective' or group rights, e.g. union recognition, where there is sufficient support.

WorkSMART's rights channel is split into sections, which deal with your employment rights by theme. If you can't find what you're looking for at first, go to the Work Rights homepage or try the search engine.

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.