Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Do You Understand Your Working Rights?

There are times when we can feel like the world is completely against us. Perhaps we had a bad day at work because we made a mistake, and then we come home and there’s more to think about and more worries such as money, our children or even our partner. Unfortunately, there’s very little we can do besides keep our chin up and keep working and providing in hopes that we have a good stroke of luck sooner or later.

Sadly, that rarely happens, but did you know that you’re probably missing out on a lot of external help? For instance, you could be entitled to benefits and welfare if you’re unable to provide for your child or if you feel like your job pays too little. There are many ways to get a helping hand in life and surprisingly many of them will come from your workplace or by the local authorities and government. To help you understand your rights as a worker, here are a couple of pointers to think about.

Paid Leaves

If you are feeling sick but don’t want to take time off work in fear that you might lose your job, then fear no more. There are many laws that protect workers from losing their jobs due to having a couple of sick days off and there are ways to continue getting paid despite not being at work as long as you have a valid reason to be off sick. Most employers also give their workers at least two to four weeks of paid leave, but this has to be discussed with your employer. Make sure you read your employment contract thoroughly and discuss your options with your boss.

There are also paternity and maternity leaves available for people who are expecting children or have children. According to Ellis Whittam, you can also get time off work if you plan to adopt a child. You can get up to a whole year off of work as long as you can state your reasons for taking time off work for your adopted child. There are some criteria to this, however, and you’re going to need to fully understand the terms and conditions should you ask for adoption leave from your employer.

Training Time

Many employers are also obliged to give new recruits time for training. For example, if you are an employee that works in a company with over 250 members of staff, you have the right to ask for time off work to undergo training that will help you become more productive in the workplace. Of course, the exact conditions and training need to be discussed with your employer, but there is actually no time limit on the amount of time you can ask for. However, it is usually up to your employer’s choice if you will be paid for it or not.

Health and Safety

Employers should be looking after their members of staff and have a high degree of care for their working conditions. This can be anything from proper seating and desks to work at, to having the right safety equipment for dangerous jobs such as construction or working with electricity. All workers also have a right to not work more than 48 hours a week because it can lead to negative effects on your health.

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