Employment Rights Qualifying Periods

Qualifying Period - Day 1


  • Protection from unfair dismissal for reasons including maternity, parental and paternity leave; undertaking activities aimed at improving health and safety; refusal to work on Sundays; assertion of rights under Working Time Regulations; performance of duties as trustee of occupational pension scheme;
  • performance of functions as employee representative; making a protected disclosure; assertion of statutory rights, including right to National Minimum Wage and right to certain credits; claim for union recognition; trade union reason; part-time worker status.
  • 26 weeks' ordinary maternity leave and additional maternity leave
  • Paid adoption leave
  • Protection from discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, civil partnership status, marital status, age and disability.

Qualifying Period – 1 Month


  • At least one week’s notice of termination of contract.
  • Guarantee payment in case of lack of work.
  • Payment of salary during suspension on medical grounds.
  • Right not to be dismissed on medical grounds.

Qualifying Period – 2 Months


A written statement of the particulars of employment (to be received no later than two months after starting employment).

Qualifying Period – 3 Months


  • Option to join stakeholder pension scheme.

Qualifying Period – 26 Weeks


  • Two weeks' paid paternity leave
  • Statutory Adoption Pay.
  • Statutory Maternity Pay.
  • Flexible Working Rights.

Qualifying Period – 1 Year


  • Protection from unfair dismissal for reasons other than those specifically listed in the relevant pieces of legislation, including dismissal without following the correct statutory procedure.

Qualifying Period – 2 Years


  • At least one week’s notice for each year of continuous employment.
  • Redundancy payment and time off to look for other work or to arrange training


Redundancy payments


Redundancy payments

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