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Six Employee Rights People Don’t Know They Have

Six Employee Rights People Don’t Know They Have

We live in a fast-paced world where people are too much focused on one thing or the other, to the extent that often they don’t even know about their basic rights as humans. For many of us, there is essentially nothing more important than our education and careers. Read on to learn more! While the employment lawyers can tell you plenty of things about employment laws that you might not be aware of right now – here is our list of six employee rights that everyone should know about. 

The Right as a Potential Job Candidate

Many people aren’t aware of the fact that they even have rights as potential job applicants. They have the right to be free from discrimination and discriminating questions based on their age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, etc. 

For instance, if you are on a job interview, your employee rights protect and safeguard you from being asked biased and discriminating questions during the entire hiring process. Even if you are physically handicapped, your potential employer has no right to discriminate against you or ask you prejudiced questions. 

The Right to a Contract

You might not be aware that many potential employers don’t always hand out contracts, and not all employees ask about it. Legally, depending on which state you are living in, your potential employers might not be bound to provide you with an employment contract immediately. 

However, within two months of your employment, you should ideally receive a contract or a written proof that you are working with the company and receiving a certain amount of salary, along with the terms and conditions of the employment. 

Ideally, your contract should mention the following: your designation/ job title, the required working hours, the monthly salary, the number of monthly/ annual sick leaves you are entitled to, the paid holidays that you are entitled to, and the minimum notice period. 

The Right to Appropriate Working Hours

As an employee, you have the right to have appropriate working hours and suitable breaks, which means that you have the legal right to have a 20-minutes break period to eat, drink, stretch, and rejuvenate. If you have a 9-hours work shift, you are also legally allowed to have a 2-times 20-minutes break each day. Many potential employees aren’t aware that according to employment laws, no employee is supposed to work more than an average of 48 hours every week unless their employment contract states so and they agree to it in written form. 

The Right to Health and Protective Measurements

This employment right is particularly important for construction site workers or employees who work for underground mining companies. Besides, employees have the legal right to protect their health and work in a clean and protective workplace that allows them to practice safety, hygiene, and essential health measurements. 

That said, employees have the right to work in a safe and clean environment that doesn’t sabotage their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. In the face of the pandemic, employees have the right to work from home and be provided with s Covid-19 safety kit. 

Part-time/ Full-time work

Employees also have the right to work part-time if they are fixed-term employees. While this aspect might differ from one company to another, the rules for holiday entitlements might be slightly different for part-time workers than full-time workers. 

Final Thoughts

Suppose you have recently landed a new job. We recommend getting in touch with a professional law expert or an employment lawyer who can help you understand your rights and go through the terms and conditions of your contract. The employment lawyer can also help you solve any potential issues that you might encounter at your workplace. 

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