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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Name: Anca Furdui, Business and Administration, Assessment 1

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).

Four main points that would be included in a contract of employment are: the name of the business and the name of the employee, the job title and the duties and responsibilities, the salary, the hours of work, the pensions, etc.

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

1. Health & Safety
2. Data Protection
3. Pay and Pensions

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

1. Pension
2. Pay
3. 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.

Internal sources of information are: informed colleagues, line managers, staff associations, etc External sources of information are: libraries, citizen advice bureau, Government, etc.

4. Describe how representative bodies can support employees.

Representative bodies can support employees by offering assistance with the following issues: health and safety, pensions, union learning, collective bargaining, collective redundancy, transfer of undertakings, etc.

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.

The employer has a legal responsibility to promote fairness, eliminate unlawful discrimination and promote good relations between people. The employee is individually responsible for her or his own behaviour. Any employee, who causes offence or makes another individual feel unsafe or undignified or unjustly, unfairly or unlawfully prevents them from developing within the business environment whether intentionally or not, may be subject to disciplinary action and may face legal action from the complainant. Any employee who witnesses another individual being treated in such a way should report the incident.

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.

Diversity can add value to an organization and it should be seen as a positive thing. It can take the organization one step forward by offering more knowledge than normal. For the employees this is a good thing because they can interact with different kind of people and learn about them. This benefits the employer too because they can promote the organization as one that is supporting equality and diversity and they can cover a lot of problems that can occur in a business by different and innovative ideas that people with different backgrounds have. 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.

The employer is responsible for:
- respecting the health, safety and security laws, rules and regulations - minimise burglary and theft
- protect staff from assault and attack
- meet legal responsibilities
- prevent buildings being...
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