The Human Rights Act came into force on 2 October 2000 and can have an impact on employment issues. Although these rights are not new as such, workers can now exercise these rights through UK courts and tribunals, making it much easier than attempting the route to the European Court of Human Rights.
Employment tribunals must take into account the Human Rights Act, and relevant European Case law, in deciding UK cases.
You have the right to a fair hearing, to have a companion and an appeal in certain situations and the right to respect to privacy and for your home life, as these are included as Human Rights.
Any concerns about a Human Rights issue should be discussed with a solicitor or our Advice Line at an early opportunity.