Can I be made to sign an opt-out?

The law says you must not be forced to sign an opt-out, or treated unfavourably ('suffer detriment' in legal jargon) if you refuse. Even where you have agreed to sign an opt-out, there is nothing to stop you reversing your decision later.

If, as a result of rejecting an opt-out, you are treated unfavourably or even sacked, you can take a case to an employment tribunal. Seek advice from your union or an advice agency such as Citizens Advice.

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.