Do You Understand Your Workplace Rights?

22nd February 2018

While most employees know that sick pay exists, research shows that three out of four people don’t know how much sick pay they are actually entitled to when they become ill. Unfortunately, most people overestimate how much they think they will be paid when they are off sick. It is often thought that you are entitled to your full salary when this is not the case.

The truth is when you are feeling under the weather, you may only get the statutory sick pay that is set by the government if you are off for more than a few days. This can be significantly less than your normal wages. Some employers do offer sick pay schemes for the office, but often there are catches and new employees find they don’t quality for this cover.

There is no doubt that it is important to make yourself aware of these kind of workplace rights. It is a pretty bad feeling thinking you are going to receive wages when you aren’t! But, what is even worse is when you are entitled to money and you don’t know about it. So, what other workplace rights are employees not aware of?

Understand Your Entitlements

Well, surveys have shown that lot of people don’t know enough about workplace pensions and the contributions that they should receive. It is the law for all employers to provide a workplace pension scheme. This is known as automatic enrolment and if you are employed, between 22 years old and the state pension age and earning at least £10,000 per year, you qualify for pension contributions.

Of course, you may be asking; what are the benefits of being part of the workplace pension scheme? It is all about being financially stable and comfortable when you retire. Not only will you make your own contribution from your earnings each month, but your employer will also be required to make contributions towards your pension too. This money will still be available to you if you change jobs in the future; the money is simply invested and will be tangible for you when you reach retirement age. In the meantime, you can enjoy tax relief on the money you contribute!

There is no doubt that it is important to make yourself aware of these kind of workplace rights. It is a pretty bad feeling thinking you are going to receive wages when you aren’t! But, what is even worse is when you are entitled to money and you don’t know about it. So, what other workplace rights are employees not aware of?