Finding Work in Great Britain
Your Rights in Great Britain
Employment rights information
- Advice Guide – Citizens Advice Bureau
- gov.uk – working, jobs and pensions
- ACAS (Information on solving disputes in the workplace
- Tax Break for Healthcare Workers (advice and paid service from RIFT, gov.uk – uniforms, work clothing and tools)
- L-Pack – Here you can access training courses in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Greek and Lithuanian.The L-Pack training course includes:- videos that correspond to the dialogues of the written materials
– written materials (dialogues, exercises, grammar, and cultural information) available in PDF format and divided into 30 units
– 2 guides on how to use the training course (one for teachers and one for learner)
– Audio tracks that correspond to the dialogues of the written material.
Journey Planning in Great Britain
It is important to arrive on time to an interview.
Always plan your journey beforehand and allow for plenty of time in case of delays.
It is a good idea to ring the company/business a few days in advance and ask for directions.
General Journey Planning Links
National Public Transport and Timetables in Great Britain
- National Coach Services – www.nationalexpress.com
- National Rail Services – www.nationalrail.co.uk
- Trainline – National Rail and Coach travel – www.thetrainline.com
- London Transport – www.tfl.gov.uk
Local Transport Services
Use Google to find other local transport services google.co.uk
Health and Safety in the Workplace
Your health and safety
You have the right to:
- work in places where all the risks to your health and safety are properly controlled;
- stop working and leave the area if you think you are in danger;
- be consulted on matters related to your health and safety at work;
- inform your employer about health and safety issues or concerns;
- contact HSE or your local authority, if you still have health and safety concerns, without getting into trouble;
- join a trade union and be a safety representative;
- paid time off work for training if you are a safety representative;
- a rest break of at least 20 minutes if you work more than six hours at a stretch and to an annual period of paid leave;
- suitable and sufficient toilets, washing facilities and drinking water;
- adequate first-aid facilities.
- take care of your own health and safety and that of people who may be affected by what you do (or do not do);
- co-operate with others on health and safety, and not interfere with, or misuse, anything provided for your health, safety or welfare;
- follow the training you have received when using any work items your employer has given you.
Your employer must:
- tell you how to do your job safely in a way that you can understand, and tell you about the risks to your health and safety from current or proposed working practices;
- tell you how any risks will be controlled and who is responsible for this;
- consult and work with health and safety representatives and employees to protect everyone from harm in the workplace;
- tell you how to get first-aid treatment and what to do in an emergency.
Your employer must provide, free of charge:
- training to enable you to do your job safely;
- any equipment and protection necessary for you at work (such as clothing, shoes or boots, eye and ear protection, gloves, masks etc) and ensure it is properly looked after;
- health checks if there is a danger of ill health because of your work;
- regular health checks if you work nights and a check before you start.
Your employer must provide you with the following information:
- the health and safety law poster (www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/lawposter.htm), which must be displayed in a prominent place, or as an alternative, they can provide each worker with a copy of the equivalent pocket card. This should give the contact details of people who can help;
- their health and safety policy statement;
- an up-to-date Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) certificate (www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/hse40.htm) visible in your place of work.Published by the Health and Safety Executive 04/13 INDG450
What to do if you are concerned about your health and safety
For advice, visit www.hse.gov.uk/workers/ , or to complain, visit www.hse.gov.uk.
For employee rights, visit the Trades Unions Congress (TUC) workSMART website at www.worksmart.org.uk, or alternatively you can ring the Pay and Work Rights Helpline on 0800 9172 368.
For information about health and safety in a range of different languages, visit www.hse.gov.uk/migrantworkers.
The leaflet can be found at www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg450.htm .
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