All About Employee Rights in the United Kingdom

Learn which employee protection regulations you should be aware of when hiring in the UK and how Justworks EOR can help.

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How an EOR Can Help with Compliance in the United Kingdom

Keeping your business compliant in the U.S. can be a big enough undertaking. Now add the additional difficulty of unfamiliar labor laws in the UK and that’s a whole other story. That’s where Justworks EOR comes in to help you simplify international hiring by giving you the guidance you need to stay on top of local employment regulations in the UK. 

Beyond compliance, get support to establish a strong HR infrastructure and minimize the costs and risks of hiring a team in the UK. With Justworks EOR, you can save yourself the time and effort of establishing a local entity.

What HR Leaders Need to Know

If you want to hire in the UK, here are some key considerations to keep in mind about employee rights. 

Employment Contracts

Although not mandatory, employers can protect themselves and their employees by providing employment contracts. Employment contracts should include an in-depth breakdown of the employment relationship. These contracts should include details like job duties, salary or wages, working hours, holiday entitlement, notice periods for termination, and any additional benefits or perks. 

Pay slips

Employers must provide employees with payslips compensation transparency. Pay slips should specify the hours worked, pay, and any overtime hours.

Flexible Working

Starting April 6th, 2024, employees can request flexible work arrangements from the first day of employment. Employees can request to modify hours worked, start and finish times of work, days worked, and where they work (remote vs. on-site). Employers must seriously consider the pros and cons of these requests, discuss them with the employee in person, and offer an appeal process for denied requests. If employees feel that the request hasn’t been handled adequately they are entitled to file a claim with the employment tribunal.

Labor Laws in the UK

As you think about hiring in the UK, these are the top labor laws to be aware of. Get guidance to help you navigate crucial labor laws with Justworks EOR.

Ready to Hire Confidently in the United Kingdom?

Justworks EOR makes building your global team seamless by offering local expertise to help you understand the nuances of the talent market in the UK. Save yourself the time and hassle of international hiring today.

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