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HR Workplace Rights for Employees

Without going in to detail we have listed a few examples of details every employer should know when hiring and retaining staff.

  • In contracts an employer is required to give the employee details of the employee’s  working hours, pay and leave, written terms and conditions of employment.

  • Employers must pay National Minimum Wage: The hourly rate depends on the employees age unless you’re an apprentice.


  • Women expecting a baby on or after 6th April 2008 who satisfy the qualifying conditions are entitled to a SMP


  • Statutory Paternity Pay: When a persons wife, partner or civil partner has a baby or adopts a child, they may be entitled to Paternity Pay

  •  From April 2019 Statutory Shared Parental Pay will paid at £151.20 per week

  • Employers should let staff know when and how they will receive their pay.

  • Employers are responsible to pay Statutory Sick Pay for periods of sickness of four days or more up to a total of 28 weeks' of absence 

  • Payment in lieu of notice is made where an employee is not required to work their notice period but is paid money instead.


  • Employers are legally obliged to provide employees with an itemised payslips or wage slips

  • Employers must pay their employees for holidays that have been built up but not taken at the time they leave their employment.


Health & Safety at Work and Flexible Working

As an Employer you have a duty to protect your employees from harm. It is best practice to carry out risk assessments and train staff to report any serious incidents to the Health and Safety department in your business. Employees are expected to take reasonable care of their own health and safety, However, you must do your best to protect your staff under NI & UK law.


Employees have a right to make a flexible working request. in order to do this they must work for you as an employee and have worked  continuously 26 weeks. employees can make one request every 12 months. Staff that have worked for less than 26 weeks and agency workers do not have a statutory right to request flexible working. 

Flexible working cover hours of work, times of work, place of work and can include include requests for different patterns of work.

Employee performance Management

Effective management is key to success and with clear instructions is the best approach to employee development that can bring out the best in teams and individuals.

Managing performance adds value for businesses and improves an organisation’s productivity and staff motivation. This also gives employers clear objectives and gives staff regular feedback.

Appraisals also give  feedback and help show staff if they are doing the best work, this shows that objectives have been reached and helps employers understand  issues or problems. 

Appraisals can take place once or twice a year and new employees may have an appraisal within a few months of taking up the post to ensure they are settling in and that their objectives are clear.

Issues on performance must be addressed as part of an overall management process, as poor performance can lower productivity and effectiveness, It can also cause resentment for those who are performing well. In some cases, can even increase the risks of accidents.  

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