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Insecure work

Why the new PM must put decent work at the top of his to-do list
Tim Sharp
Senior Policy Officer - trade union and employment law
Report type
Research and reports
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Annexe 1: workplace rights and who gets them

­­­­Key Workplace Right

Who gets it?


National Minimum Wage

All workers including employees

Holiday pay

All workers including employees

Family friendly rights

Rights to statutory maternity, adoption, paternity and shared parental leave (including to return to their job)

Employees only with six months’ service by the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth or adoption date

Right to request flexible working

Employees only after a six-month qualifying period

Unpaid parental leave

Employees only after a one-year qualifying period

Job security

Protection against unfair dismissal

Employees only following a two-year qualifying period

Statutory redundancy pay

Employees only following a two-year qualifying period

Rights to representation and consultation (employees and workers only)

Protection from unlawful dismissal on grounds of trade union membership or activities

Employees only

Protection from unfair dismissal for participating in lawful industrial action

Employees only

Rights to paid time off for union duties or training including for Union Learning Reps

Employees only

Social security protections

Right to be automatically enrolled into a pension by your employer

Employees and workers who earn over £192 a week

Statutory maternity pay (those who do not qualify may qualify for Maternity Allowance), statutory adoption pay or statutory paternity pay

Employees and workers who earn £118 or more a week

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