3 frequent mistakes employees make regarding their rights in the workplace
Are you an employee? Have you a problem or issue regarding your employment?
I receive a large number of queries from employees every day of every week and I notice the same sort of mistake being repeatedly made from employees at all levels of an organisation. These mistakes are understandable, but avoidable, and in this piece I will identify 3 such mistakes.
1.Failing to distinguish between a grievance and a breach of a legal entitlement
The rights of employees derive primarily from the constitution (Bunreacht na hÉireann), statutes on the statute book-for example, the Unfair Dismissals Act 1977-and the contract of employment between employer and employee.
If you cannot place your issue firmly and unequivocally into one of these 3 categories then the only route open to you may be to make a grievance internally in accordance with the grievance procedures in the workplace.
This may or may not produce a satisfactory outcome for you and there are other factors to consider, also. For example, your grievance may not be upheld and your relationship with the employer or a colleague may be degraded.
So, it is vitally important that you know whether you have a real remedy open to you or you may choose to fight a different battle on another day.
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