Free Employment law guide

This is a free employment law guide covering the basics of British employment law. Click on the subject headings in the contents list below.

The guidance on this site is intended mainly for employers and business owners. If you are an employee looking for help with a problem at work there is more information which might help you and a link to a guide written specifically for employees here: More about employment law help for employees.

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What is employment?

The contract of employment

Workers v Self-employed

Employment Agencies

The Agency Workers Regulations 2010

Flexible working

Part time workers

Fixed Term Employees


Cash shortages

Itemised Pay Statements 

The National Minimum Wage

Equal Pay

Sunday working and shop-workers

Working Time Regulations

The 48 hour week

Night workers

Rest periods

Annual leave


Unfair dismissal

Automatic unfair dismissal

Wrongful dismissal

Retirement dismissals

Disciplinary procedure

Grievance procedure

The right to be accompanied



Trade Union Recognition

Consultation with Employees

Consultation about health and safety

Industrial action

Employment Tribunals

Health and safety


Equality and discrimination

Human Rights

Absence from work

Absence due to sickness

Compassionate leave of absence

Enforced absence due to arrest or a custodial sentence

Working parents

Maternity leave and pay

Paternity leave and pay

Additional paternity leave and pay

Parental leave (unpaid)

Shared parental leave and pay

Time off for family and dependants

Time off to accompany partner to ante-natal appointments

Adoption leave and pay

Employment of children and young persons


Brexit, the EU and UK employment laws

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Employment law help for employees

Got a problem at work? How to get help

The guidance on this site is intended mainly for employers and business owners, because Lawrite, which publishes this site, is a provider of HR and legal support services to employers.

If you are an employee looking for help with a problem at work, please follow the link below for more information for employees and where you can find an employment law guide written specifically for employees, explaining your rights at work, how the employment tribunal system works, how the law protects you against discrimination at work, and other useful information:

More about employment law help for employees »