COVID-19 Quick Advice: Work & employment rights

The COVID-19 crisis has affected the employment of thousands of workers in a way not seen for generations.

Many people have lost their jobs, often at very short notice, others face dramatic changes in hours or income or being furloughed. Many self-employed people have also seen their work disappear almost overnight.

These changes in employment circumstances mean many households are already facing a difficult financial situation or uncertainty about their future.

However, there is a wide range of advice and support available for those who have lost their job, are facing insecurity, being furloughed, or seeking welfare support, as well as those looking for alternative employment during the crisis.

Here are some of the main ones:

My World of Work – Redundancy Support in Scotland

Scottish Government

East Lothian Council Welfare Rights Team

East Lothian Works

Jobcentre Plus

Advice Direct Scotland

Citizens Advice Scotland

Skills Development Scotland


Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC)

National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS)

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)