Awareness, Knowledge and Exercise of Individual Employment Rights

Meager N, Tyers C, Perryman S, Rick J, Willison R | Employment Relations Research Series ERRS15 | Department of Trade and Industry | Feb 2002

This report presents the findings of a nationally representative telephone survey of 1,000 economically active people of working age (males 16-64, females 16-59), focusing on their levels of awareness and knowledge of employment rights and their exercise of those rights.

The background for the study was a number of recent reforms to employment law, including provisions relating to: parental leave and dependant care, a National Minimum Wage, Working Time Regulations and disability discrimination.

The study operationalised the concepts of 'awareness' and 'knowledge' in a number of ways.