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Your Rights

Here you will find the most frequently asked questions about your employment rights

This guide only provides general information. For specific guidance on your particular circumstances you should first contact your GMB Representative.

The information provided refers to your minimum statutory rights.  GMB negotiates with employers on behalf of our members to improve on these basic rights. You should therefore check your rights under your contract or written particulars of employment and any collective agreements to find out what your employer offers.

Please note that the law changes frequently - we provide updates as often as possible.

List of statutory amounts from April 2015 (weekly amount unless otherwise stated)

Lower Earnings Limit (LEL) £112.00
Statutory Adoption, Maternity or Paternity Pay (flat rate) £139.58
Statutory Sick Pay £88.45
Week’s pay (e.g. unfair dismissal basic award) £479.00

Abbreviations used

AAL - Additional Adoption Leave
AML - Additional Maternity Leave
DDP - Disciplinary and Dismissal Procedure
EWC - Expected week of childbirth
GP - Grievance Procedure
OAL - Ordinary Adoption Leave
OML - Ordinary Maternity Leave
SAP - Statutory Adoption Pay
SPP - Statutory Paternity Pay
SMP - Statutory Maternity Pay
SSP - Statutory Sick Pay

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Health and Safety

Health and Safety

The best way to improve your employment conditions is to get as many of your work colleagues to join GMB. The more GMB members in a workplace, the more power you will have to influence your employers attitude to employee benefits. More

Contracts and Pay

Contracts and Pay

A contract is a two-sided agreement. It cannot be changed without agreement between both sides. But some employers look for ways to force changes on workers. More

Sick Pay

Sick Pay

GMB negotiates sick pay schemes for its members, so check to see if your employer has a sick pay policy. More

Discipline & Dismissal

Discipline & Dismissal

Workers have the right to be accompanied at disciplinary and grievance hearings and appeals, even if their employer does not recognise their Union. More

Redundancy

Redundancy

Workers have the right to be accompanied at disciplinary and grievance hearings and appeals, even if their employer does not recognise their Union. More

Asbestos

Asbestos

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