Legal Influences

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Legal influences:

Consumer Protection

This covers all aspects of the sale of good’s and services and, as such, provide protection to consumers and regulates the operation and activities of the business.

For the protection of customers it is required by law for business to follow the rules and regulations. There are various Act’s that business follow, they are listed below:

- Consumer Protection Act (1987)
- Sales of good act (1994)
- Distance selling regulation (2000)
- Copyrights, designs and patents act (1988)
- Weight and measures act (1985)
- Trade description act (1968)


Employment is the process of engaging people to specific jobs. Employers can be business, individuals, voluntary bodies and government organisations.

Employment legislation:

- Employment Act (2002)
- Income Tax (earnings and pensions) act (2003)
- Minimum wage regulations (1999)
- Part time work regulations (2000)
- working time directive act

Discrimination regulation:

- Race (1975)
- Sex (1979)
- Disability (1995)
- Religion (2003)
- Sexual orientation (2003)
- Age (2008)

Data protection Law

The Data Protection Act gives you the right to know what information is held about you, and sets out rules to make sure that this information is handled properly.

Data protection act (1984/1998)
Data protection (rights of transfer) act (2009)
Freedom of information act (2000)
Piracy and electronics communication (EC Directive) regulation (2004)

Heath and safety law

All workers have a right to work in places where risks to their health and safety are properly controlled. Health and safety is about stopping you getting hurt at work or ill through work. Your employer is responsible for health and safety, but you must help.

Health and safety at work act (1979/1998)
EU reform (smoking in public domains) act (2008)
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