Employee rights vary depending on the organization and the industry an organization operates in. However, there are certain rights that any employee in any organization is entitled to.
Some examples are -
a) Written statement of terms and conditions of employment – it is mandated by law that certain terms and conditions should be provided in writing to an employee within a specific time period as defined by law. E.g. salary offered, leave policy, conditions for termination of employment, etc.
b) Minimum wage
c) Maximum number of hours of work per week
d) Annual leave
e) Breaks during working hours – Different countries have different rules with respect to the time that can be allotted for a break during working hours.
f) Leave on public holidays
g) Bereavement leave
h) Right to refuse to perform work which may cause physical harm
i) Ensuring safety at workplace
j) The employer cannot deduct money from the employee’s salary without stating the reasons for the same
k) Freedom from discrimination
There are certain rights that are negotiable and law provides an employee with a right to negotiate. However, any sort of negotiation that turns violent is illegal and the guilty party shall face punitive action under law.