Identify four main points that would be included in a contract of employment. If possible, use an example contract to support your answer (feel free to obscure any confidential information).
Date of commencement of employment
Main place of work
2a) List three key points of legislation that affect employers in a business environment. Health and safety
Pay and pensions
2b) List three key points of legislation that affect employees in a business environment.
Employment rights and responsibilities
3. Identify a range of places where a person can find information on employment rights and responsibilities. You should identify at least two internal and two external sources of information.
Trade union representatives
Citizen Advice Bureau
4. Describe how representative bodies can support employees.
The best known example of representative bodies is Trade Unions. They can offer assistant through work based representatives, who have a right to paid time to help employees in Health and Safety, pensions, redundancy, collective bargaining.
5. Briefly describe employer and employee responsibilities for equality and diversity in a business environment. You should give at least two employer responsibilities and two employee responsibilities.
If possible, provide relevant equality and diversity procedures from your workplace (or place of study) to support your answer. These documents should be annotated to highlight the relevant sections.
Both employers and employees should make sure that inappropriate labelling, stereotyping and prejudice do not influence the way an organisation operates Employers can ensure that people are treated fairly by:
Training staff on equality and diversity topics
Ensuring equality and diversity issues are addressed in performance
Employees are responsible for:
Implementing the policy in their day-to-day work and their dealings with colleagues, visitors Not discriminating against other employees
Notifying their line manager of any concerns with regard to the conduct of other employees
6. Briefly explain the benefits of making sure equality and diversity procedures are followed in a business environment. Your answer should include one benefit for the employer, one benefit for the employee and one benefit for the overall organisation.
In organisations which value and promote equality and diversity all current and potential employees will have fair and equal access to jobs, training and promotion.
Employers who promote equality of opportunity among their workforce can draw on a wider pool of talent and experience, and create an environment where employees are valued and supported, and appreciate their colleagues’ contribution.
An equal and diverse organization is likely to have more competent, motivated and productive workforce.
Section 2 – Understand the purpose of health, safety and security procedures in a business environment
1. Identify employer and employee responsibilities for health, safety and security.
If possible, provide relevant health, safety and security policies / documents from your workplace (or place of study) to support your answer. These documents should be annotated to highlight the relevant sections.
All employers and employees have a legal duty to ensure that working environments are safe and secure. Employers have a legal duty under Health and Safety at work Act etc1974 to ensure health, safety and welfare of their employees and any other people that may be affected by the work they do.
Employees also have a legal duty under the Act to take reasonable care to avoid harm to themselves or to others by their working practices.
2. Explain the purpose of following health, safety and security procedures in a business environment.