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06 May 2017
Citizens Advice has identified the ten most common misleading statements made by employers
Employers don’t pay national insurance contributions for self-employed workers – nor do they need to pay minimum wage, holiday pay, sick pay or maternity pay. Check your employment status – if you think you are an employee, ask to be treated like one. Citizens Advice can help with this.
Every employee is entitled to the national minimum wage and to be paid for all the time spent at work. HMRC can help resolve problems with underpayment – Citizens Advice can guide you on next steps.
Your working arrangements during pregnancy should stay the same unless you ask for a change – any changes imposed on you are discrimination. Let your boss know that you want to continue work as normal, and if they insist on changes get advice.
Some workers engaged on a zero hours contract are entitled to redundancy pay. You need to have been working for your employer for two years or more, usually doing at least one shift a week. Citizens Advice can help you work out if you qualify.
If your employer needs you to take holiday, they should give you twice as much notice as the length of holiday needed. If you aren’t given proper notice, you should be paid and not asked to use leave.
Agency workers should be paid sick pay by their agency. If you’ve already agreed to work the hours and you’ve been absent long enough to qualify, you should get sick pay.
Taking on your employer can be difficult so,
If you don’t feel confident or you’re still not getting anywhere, talk to Citizens Advice, your Trade Union or to ACAS. You can contact Citizens Advice about your employment rights or to get information and advice on Benefits, Work, Consumer Issues, Relationships, Housing, Law and Rights, Education, Discrimination, Tax and Healthcare by: