Your rights at work

Whether you need guidance about your employment rights or help with problems such as workload, bullying or accidents at work, NEU members have access to a wealth of expertise advice which addresses common employment workplace issues.

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Pay

Advice on pay scales, pay progression and how to secure fair pay in your workplace.

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Pensions

In whatever capacity you work in education, there is likely to be an occupational scheme available for you to join and you may have automatic membership as soon as you are employed.

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Workload and working hours

Teachers in the UK continue to work more intensively and for longer hours than any other profession. There is no better time to act to reduce workload in your workplace.

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Contracts

A contract of employment sets out your terms and conditions of employment including sick leave and termination of employment.

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Family rights

Your rights to time off to deal with family-related issues, from child birth to a death in the family.

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Performance management

The NEU has produced a guidance, including model policies and checklists, to help you with performance management in your workplace, including appraisals and capability.

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Trade union rights

NEU members, as a members of a trade union, have certain rights defined by law. Other rights can be achieved by collective action and negotiation.

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Discrimination and harassment

Guidance about dealing with discrimination and harassment in the workplace, including detailed information about the protected characteristics in England and Wales under the Equality Act 2010.

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Data protection

Advice on what rights you have in relation to data about you, what data reps can use and the rules around capability and health information.

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Safeguarding

Tools to help protect and support the school community at all levels.

Disciplinary procedures model policy

The aim of this model policy on disciplinary procedures is to provide a framework that schools can adopt to help and encourage all employees to achieve and maintain appropriate standards of behaviour and conduct.

Grievance procedures model policy

The aim of this model policy on grievance procedures is to provide a framework that schools can adopt to allow staff to resolve grievances relating to their employment as quickly and as fairly as possible.

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Academisation

If your school or college is proposing to move to academy status or moving to a new academy employer, you can use the tips, guidance and resources on these pages to work with members to protect your rights for now and into the future.

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