What type of worker are you?
All workers with a right to work in the UK have employment rights.
If you are not a UK citizen, there may be conditions attached to your visa that restrict the hours or type of work you may be employed to do. See the Home Office website for more information. If your employer is threatening to report you to the Home Office for any reason, it is important you get advice from an immigration solicitor.
If you are a trade union member, check if your union has an arrangement with immigration lawyers who can provide advice.
You can find a solicitor at the Law Society here: https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/en/public/for-public-visitors/using-a-solicitor/find-a-solicitor
Trade unions stand up for the rights of workers from all countries, regardless of their immigration status or race. Trade unions build solidarity between workers which stops employers dividing workers and driving down conditions. See here to find out how to join a union at, https://findyourunion.tuc.org.uk/.
The rights you are entitled to at work will depend on your employment status .
There are generally three legal categories of workers in the UK: employees, workers (such as casual or agency workers) and the self-employed. Click on the links below to find out more.
Note: it is important you speak to a union rep or a legal professional go to, https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/en/public/for-public-visitors/using-a-solicitor/find-a-solicitor for advice on how to claim these rights – in a legal case, only an employment tribunal can determine employment status.
You are likely to be an employee if:
Rights for Employees
All employees have the right to:
You are likely to be a worker if:
Rights for workers
All workers have the right to:
On a zero-hours contract?
If you are on a zero-hours contract you are likely to be entitled to workers’ rights. But many zero-hours contract workers will also be ‘employees’. It will depend on your personal working pattern. It is always a good idea to check with your union which rights you may qualify for.
Refer to Agency Workers page
You are likely to be self-employed if:
Rights for self-employed workers
There are some additional rights that apply to some self-employed workers which a union can help you to claim. To find the relevant union for your job please use the union finder tool
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