Unit One: Principles of Personal Responsibilities and Working in a Business Environment, Ba, Level 2

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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).

1.Name of organization
2.Date of starting work
3.Title of the job/ place of work

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

1.Health and Safety
2.Pay and pensions
3.Data protection.

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

4.Health and Safety
5.Pay and pensions
6.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. 1. Internal sources:

HR specialist,
Supervisor/ manager
Company policy and procedures document
2. External sources:
Trade union
Government website
Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS).

4. Describe how representative bodies can support employees.

For example Union representatives dealing with disciplinary matters can support employees providing information and advice and accompany workers before and/or during disciplinary hearings. During disciplinary hearings representatives can speak for an employee. They can ask management for important evidence and other related questions. They can provide information and advice on next steps/ course of actions if employee disagreed with management decisions. Representatives also can appear as witnesses before outside appeal bodies or employment tribunals.

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.

Responsibilities of an employer for equality and diversity: • To implement, support and encourage diversity in the staff by creating an environment where individuals are treated on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential and regardless of gender, racial or national origin, disability, religion, age, etc. • To create equal opportunity for promotion for workers from different cultural backgrounds, different genders, or those with disabilities. One of examples would be providing information in different formats: large print, Braille, video, tape, total communication and other languages.

Responsibilities of an employee for equality and diversity:
•Treat all members of organisation with dignity and respect. • Not to bully, harass, abuse or intimidate others.

For example at my previous work place we had written Harassment Procedures. One of the procedures for dealing with allegations of harassment was - Formal Complaint If the problem cannot be resolved by taking informal action, or if it is of a more serious nature, staff can make a formal complaint through the following procedure: 1.A formal complaint should be made in writing to the line manager, or to a more senior manager. A Harassment Adviser, a union representative, or the Directorate of Human Resources can be contacted for advice on preparing the complaint letter, if required. 2.If the person being complained against is the line manager, the complaint should normally be made to their manager. 3.If the person being complained against is the Director then complaints should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources. 4.The complaint should be signed and should contain the following details: Who the complaint is being made against

When the incident(s) happened (date and time)
The nature of...
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