Rights and responsibilities at work
Every business has a responsibility to ensure it follows the relevant rules and regulations. If you are an employer, make sure you do everything you can to get it right.
Equally, as an employee, you should also be aware of your own responsibilities, as well what your rights are and what your employer should be doing with regard to, for example, pay, contracts, time off and working hours.
This section explains the essential rights and responsibilities for every employee and employer.
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If our advice pages on rights and responsibilities at work don't answer your question, try Helpline Online.
This new automated system learns from your questions and, as more people use it, will get better at providing the most relevant answer to your query. We will be tracking any un-answered questions and, in each case, considering whether to add them to the system to help it fit your needs as closely as possible.
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Acas Model Workplace
Acas' free online tool - the Acas Model Workplace is designed to help organisations check that they have the right people management policies in place.
Of those who have used the Acas online tool, more than a quarter (28%) said that it had made them aware of an area where their organisation was not complying with the law (through incorrect people policies and procedures).
A lot of employers don't realise that they are following out-of-date practices. Or that they need to introduce new policies to comply with employment legislation. Further findings from the survey of employers show that 55% actively changed practices based on what they found when using the Acas Model Workplace tool.
This tool is free to use. Why not take a few minutes to check your policies and procedures today.
You can download or order booklets, leaflets and handbooks covering a wide range of employment matters, from writing a contract of employment, to holiday entitlement, to the latest employment legislation, from our Publications section.
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