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Know your rights at work

There has been a lot of talk about the ‘trickle down’ effect in the news recently and how the average person is not benefitting from the economic recovery.

Many people coming into Lincoln and District Citizens Advice Bureau struggle to make ends meet, and advisers help them prioritise their debts, contact creditors and sort out a financial plan to take them forward.

However, many still fear an uncertain future because they are insecure in their work and do now know their working rights. CAB knows this from client evidence, but also because the Basic Rights at Work section is the most visited page on our website.

So if you are being bullied by your boss, have been disciplined or dismissed, sick and sacked, or pregnant and not promoted, it is definitely worth a visit because you are protected by law.

Your rights include:

It is important you are aware of your rights, and if you think you have been treated unfairly, you have to pay upfront fees before you can take your grievances to an employment tribunal – these can total either £390 or £1,200.

The work section of Adviceguide contains a mass of useful information on your rights and also has links to fact sheets you can print off and show your boss.