Knowing your working rights isessential for any person wishing to be able to work. As a home student, you think no more of it because you know the basics; minimum wage, exacts you are allowed to work before it becomes illegal, and so on. Overseas students don’t always know their rights. Know your rights, earn money and enjoy yourself…find out how.
Once you have established that you are an Agency Worker (see my previous post on agency workers), you should familiarise yourself with the rights available to you. These are slightly different, arguably, not as broad as employment rights.
Rights of Agency Workers:
• To be paid minimum wage
• Not to have unlawful deductions taken from wages
• Not to be discriminated against (based on protected grounds by the Equality Act 2010)
• To have paid holidays
• To have a limit on the amount of hours worked each week
• Not to be treated unfavourably after reporting any illegal activities happening at work (such as breaches of health and safety regulations)
Click on “Read More” to learn about more rights of Agency Workers. This is important! Continue reading
At some point in your life you have or will come across the term ‘Trade Unions’. At times, they tend to generate a great amount of media exposure. If you have a job, your employer might have mentioned them. They are an important part of the employment market.
What are Trade Unions?
A Trade Union is an organisation created by workers for workers. Its main aim is to protect interests of its members within the workplace.
All Trade Unions are independent of any employer. Instead, they aim to develop close relationships with employers or even create partnerships. Continue reading
Even the most perfect job can have its downsides. What if you do not get along with one of your colleagues? What if him or her or even a group of co-workers makes you feel uneasy (to say the least)? What do you do? Do you just quit? Do you ‘suck it up’ because the job role is perfect or you simply need the money?
You should not have to make these choices. Your employer has a responsibility to protect you from bullying and harassment at work place.
What does it mean?
Bullying or harassment can be between two individuals or it may involve groups of people. It might be obvious or it might be insidious. It may be persistent or an isolated incident. It can also occur in written communications, by phone, email not just face-to-face actions.
How do you resolve it? Continue reading
Will I be able to study in the UK as a Student Visitor?
Universities all across the UK welcome international students to study. However there can be confusion as to whether you as an international student, have fulfilled the criteria that would enable you to study at your chosen institution. The term ‘student visitor’ is used to classify international students who are not nationals of member state countries in the EU. As a result those who wish to study abroad in places such as the UK, need to apply for a visa. In order to fall under the category of a student visitor, you must have been accepted on to a course of study in the UK. The requirements that the institutions must fulfil is provided below. Continue reading
What does this mean for students and workers?
Often, member state nationals of the European Union forget, or are unaware of the rights that they are entitled to. As citizens of the EU, we have specific rights conferred to us. So what does that mean for Union citizen students and workers?
Well according to Article 45 (1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), workers are entitled to enjoy the rights of free movement. This includes abolition of any discrimination based on nationality between workers of the Member States with regards to: employment, remuneration and other conditions of work and employment, by virtue of Article 45 (2) TFEU.
A Freelancer- a person who sells work or services by the hour, day or job, rather than working on a regular salary basis for a single employer.
As a student, the idea of freelancing for a company can seem very attractive. It’s a great way to earn extra cash whilst studying. You are not bound to any one employer, and usually have the freedom to choose when you would like to carry out the work set.
One thing to bear in mind though is that with freelance work come limited rights.
Freelance/self-employed workers are not protected by the same statutory rights as those who are classed as ‘employees’.
You made it. The interview is over. You have been offered a job. You have read and signed your employment contract, also known as ‘Statement of Initial Employment’. If you have not received a copy, do not worry. Your employer has two months, starting from your first day, to give it to you. However, make sure you do ask for it! You never know when it will come in handy.