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4 Warning Signs Your Employment Rights Are at Risk.

2024, January 18th

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SUMMARY / KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • All businesses have to follow employment law to the letter if they hire someone to work for them.
  • This governs a vast array of topics, from workplace safety to payroll to working hours.
  • In some cases, they can govern exactly how you work each day, for example drivers of heavy goods vehicles will be limited to a set number of hours on the road, to help prevent fatigue and the raised statistical likelihood of collision that would bring.

All businesses have to follow employment law to the letter if they hire someone to work for them. This governs a vast array of topics, from workplace safety to payroll to working hours. In some cases, they can govern exactly how you work each day, for example drivers of heavy goods vehicles will be limited to a set number of hours on the road, to help prevent fatigue and the raised statistical likelihood of collision that would bring.

Of course, most companies follow this employment law not as a matter of noble honor, but because heavy penalties and even criminal proceedings can be implemented where needed. That doesn’t always stop businesses from impinging on your employment rights in small ways, trying to convince you that subverting those standards is acceptable. In some cases, employees may even follow along, unaware of the protections in place.

But what are the warning signs your employment rights are at risk? Let’s consider that, below:

Payroll Delays or Issues.

Repeated payroll delays and problems are not issues you have to accept and put up with. No matter how many times you’re just expected to let it slide, it’s not only bad form to mess up employee payments, in many jurisdictions it’s illegal and can even be classed as fraud. If your payroll issues are constant, be sure to escalate the issue, using legal advice from outfits such as Manfred Sternberg & Associates.

Implied Essential Overtime.

Many teams are used to an enhanced workload over the holiday period or when a deadline is looming, but if that repeatedly violates your agreed-upon and contracted hours? That’s a problem. This is especially true if you’re told to commit to overtime under threat of being penalized. If it’s not in your contract, you don’t have to do it. It’s as simple as that. Make sure you read it closely, and if you need to escalate to a workplace tribunal, do so.

Identifying Patterns of Unfair Treatment or Discrimination.

Not only can it feel awkward, but it can also be isolating to have the impression you’re being treated differently due to immutable characteristics. But this is very much against anti-discrimination law and any genuine accusations can be leveled vocally at staff who may have discriminated against or harassed you. Take a no-tolerance policy, as you shouldn’t have to “brush this off” to remain a “team player.”

Conducting Unsafe Tasks Without Proper Equipment.

No matter if it involves handling unsafe chemicals, moving heavy objects, or being exposed to environments that could be dangerous (like construction areas), if it’s not in your contract, and if you don’t have the right safety equipment, you get to refuse that task. It’s as simple as that. Keeping this in mind and documenting the provision failures can ensure you’re not penalized for refusing that direction, and if you are, you can escalate that through work tribunals.

With this advice, you’re certain to better understand and manage your rights in the workplace. After all, working rights have been hard won, and sometimes, they need to be asserted.

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