Can you imagine what it would have been like to be in full-time employment over a century ago? There were very few rights for workers and many employers had little or no regard for the condition in which their employees were forced to work. As a result, workplaces over a hundred years ago were dangerous places, and many workers would work seven day weeks for months on end with very little respite. So, you have a lot to be thankful for that you get to be a full-time employee in the 21st century.

Even though workers rights have come on a very long way over the past century, it has only really been over the past couple of decades that the current rights we can now enjoy were finalized and rolled out across every single company. So, what can you expect exactly from being a full-time worker in the year 2018? Here is a quick rundown of some of the main rights that all full-time employees can expect from their employer.


Sick Time Off And Pay

Whenever we fall ill, we shouldn’t be made to work. Our bodies won’t be up to it, and it will be much better for us to stay at home and rest until we have fully recuperated. Thankfully, then all full-time employees are eligible for statutory sick pay and days off. If you are ever unwell, you simply have to inform your employer that you won’t be in work that day, and they still have to pay you. Unfortunately, though, this statutory time off and pay only lasts for a limited time. After a point, your wages could go down to half pay. Eventually, you won’t be paid. There are ways to stay financially stable, though. If you are unable to work because of injuries sustained in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you could talk to a workers comp about claiming compensation. Plus, there are other benefits from the government that you may be entitled to. At least you will get paid for short-term illness, though. If your employer ever infringes this right, though, you should speak to a lawyer.


Holiday Time Off And Pay

As well as time off and continued payment while ill, full-time workers are also eligible for holiday time off and pay. At the very minimum, you are entitled to 28 days of annual leave each year. These do not include public holidays. Some companies might offer yu a few more days’ holiday as a perk of working there. If your employer doesn’t grant you the minimum time off for holidays, for example, if they try to include public holidays in them, then you might want to think about filing a complaint or even moving forward with an employment tribunal.


A Safe Place Of Work

Employees should also be provided with a safe place in which to work. This is especially important in environments and locations that have various risks and hazards, such as in warehouses and on construction sites. If workers need to wear any safety clothing or protective gear, then their employer needs to provide it for them. If the workers aren’t given any safety clothing, then they are within their right to refuse to carry on work. Not only that, though, but any potentially dangerous equipment and machinery need to be regularly serviced and maintained to ensure that it is always safe and fit to use. There should also be steps put in place to prevent any hazards or risks from developing in the workplace too. For instance, when working in a warehouse, employees need to be aware of how to store large and bulky items so that they aren’t at risk of damaging any pallet racks, which could cause some accidents.


Regular Rest And Breaks

When you get to work for the day, you shouldn’t be expected to work eight hours straight. That will be highly demotivating and also very bad for your physical and mental health! You are entitled to regular breaks so that you can rest for a short time and enjoy a drink and something quick to eat. If you work a nine-to-five job, then you will be entitled a lunch hour. You do not have to take this break in your workplace, but some companies will have an onsite break room for their employees to use. It is also important that you have enough time to properly rest in between shifts or your working days. For instance, your employer can’t give you only a couple of hours between your shifts as it won’t be enough time for you to sleep and rest up.


No Discrimination

Employers are also not allowed to discriminate against their workers. When they are recruiting for an open position, they should regard each applicant on their own merits, skills, and experience, regardless of their sex, race, nationality, or skin color. This is also the case with their current employees – they should not discriminate within the workplace. Otherwise, this could be grounds for an employment tribunal and they could end up being sued. It is also every worker’s right to not have to face any workplace bullying from their colleagues and coworkers. If you are the victim of this kind of bullying, you should inform your employer, and they should help you.

Protection From Whistleblowing

There will be some times when you might not be too happy with your employer’s conduct and how they act in the workplace or run their company. For instance, they might be infringing their employees’ rights, which could create a toxic workplace for you to work in. In this case, you shouldn’t be worried about whistleblowing and the backlash that might come from your employer. In fact, employees are now protected if they do take part in whistleblowing. Employers are legally prevented from discriminating against anyone who does blow that all-important whistle.

It is super important that you are aware of all your rights as an employee so that you can then take some action when needed!