Unit One: Principles of Personal Responsibilities and Working in a Business Environment

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Unit one: Principles of personal responsibilities and working in a business environment


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Please note that this Assessment document has 8 pages and is made up of 7 Sections.


Section 1 – Know the employment rights and responsibilities of the employee and employer

1. 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).

Place of Work,
Employees Name,
Job Title,
Start Date.

2a) List three key points of legislation that affect employers in a business environment.

Health and Safety,
Data Protection.

2b) List three key points of legislation that affect employees in a business environment.

Health and Safety,
Pay and pensions,
Employee 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.

Line Managers,
Employee Handbook.

Citizens Advice Bureau,

4. Describe how representative bodies can support employees.

Representative bodies can help by giving advice, support and guidance on all sorts of matters such as Health and Safety, Pay and Pensions, Redundancy and Wage related issues. They also provide support in disciplinary action or if the employee is suffering any other work related issues, and can also liaise between employee and employer.

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.

One employer’s responsibility is that when hiring staff they are to make sure that they are considering everyone for the position regardless of age, weight, gender, religion, disability or anything else that could be discriminated on, There are slight exceptions though i.e. it can be advertised that you are looking for someone over 18 to serve behind a bar and due to legal requirements this would not be classed as discrimination to someone because of their age. Another responsibility would be to make sure that the workplace environment is suitable for all employees i.e. if an employee was disabled you couldn’t give them a job on the fifth floor and try and make them walk up the stairs, you would need to make sure there was something in place (like a lift) so they could access their workplace.

One employee’s responsibility is not to treat any of their peers differently by not judging or stereotyping the person. Another would also be to report any discrimination to yourself or any other person to a manager or supervisor to be dealt with.

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. One benefit for an employer would be that people would want to work for them so they are more likely to find the right person for the job as there would be a bigger pool of candidates...
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