Getting that job is hassle enough but after all the CVs and interviews and waiting there’s very little to let
you know what you’re entitled to from your first day. Never fear, as always Real World has the answers.
Within two months of starting your shiny new job your employer is legally obliged to provide the terms
and conditions of your employment. However, if you can, do try to go over your contract with them as
soon as you join the company. Most full-time workers should also be offered a statutory right to 28 days
paid annual leave.
£5.93 is now the minimum wage for workers aged 21 and over, and every pay statement that you
receive must contain:
- The amount of your wages before any deductions (gross wages)
- The individual amount of any fixed deductions (such as trade union subscriptions
- The individual amount of any variable deductions (for example tax)
- The net amount of your wages (this is the total after deductions)
- The amount and method for any part-payment of wage (such as separate figures of a cash
- payment and the balance credited to a bank account)
In the event that you are off sick your employer may ask you to confirm that you have been ill. You can
do this by filling in a form when you return to work. This is called self-certification. Many employers
have their own self-certification forms, so make sure you find out what the procedure is before flu
Equally, if the worst should happen, and sadly it can sometimes be "last
in, first out", your employer
should consult with you before making you redundant.If you have been employed for more than a
month then you are entitled to at least one week’s notice of dismissal, and if more than 20 redundancies
are planned in a 90 day period, they must also consult representatives of the affected staff. Your
employer must say when the redundancies will happen and explain why they are happening. They must
also give you reasonable time off work to look for another job.