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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Rights and responsibilities at work - the link to productivity
Having clarity on rights and responsibilities in the workplace and communicating policies effectively can make a real difference to productivity.
Visit our Building productivity: Rights and responsibilities page for more details.
Further Acas guidance and resources
- Recruitment and contracts - useful information on getting your legal responsibilities right.
- Working hours - details of working hours under the Working Time Regulations.
- Time off - rights to time off work.
- Terminating employment - notice periods and pay.
- Equality and discrimination - ensuring fairness in the workplace.
- Help for small firms.
Acas also provides a range of Training courses, workshops and projects which can help address issues faced in the workplace. Find out more or let us know how we can help via our Customer contact form.
The Acas Learning OnLine tool is free and easy to use and we encourage employers to share or forward e-learning links amongst their staff to help them up-skill in employer rights and responsibilities. Our e-learning also provides links through to further support and guidance available. We regularly update our e-learning as employment law changes.
Our top five e-learning modules are:
- equality and diversity
- bullying and harassment
- discipline and grievance
- conflict resolution
- managing people.
View the full range of Acas Learning OnLine modules available.
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. We also offer a range of free Useful templates for letters, forms and checklists that can help.
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.
A lot of employers don't realise that they are following out-of-date practices. Or that they may need to introduce new policies to comply with employment legislation. The Acas Model Workplace can help and is free to use. Why not take a few minutes to check your policies and procedures today.
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