1. Use the table below to give details of employer and employee rights and responsibilities under employment law and the importance of having these (consider the importance to the organisation, employees and customers, where relevant). You should include at least two employer rights / responsibilities and at least two employee rights / responsibilities in your answer.
Rights and responsibilities Why are they important?
Equality & Diversity Responsibilities, The Equality Act 2010 states that it is unlawful to discriminate against people based on:
• Gender reassignment
• Marriage and civil partnership
• Pregnancy and maternity
• Religion or belief
• Sexual orientation.
Importance to Organisation:
An organisation with a diverse workforce is more capable of understanding the needs of a greater cross section of customers. It is not ‘good business’ to exclude or ignore any group of potential customers or staff.
By including people from a variety of backgrounds (both educational and cultural), ages, without excluding those with disabilities and without a preconception of which sex would be better suited to a position, an organisation has a greater recruitment ‘pool’ and is more likely to recruit and retain staff.
The organisation must put in place clear Equality and Diversity policies and procedures and ensure that employees have access to this information.
Importance to Employees:
Equality and diversity is important to all employees but is particularly important to those who may have been traditionally discriminated against, such as minorities, women and the disabled (to mention a few), the legislation means that at least in theory everyone has a right to be considered for employment based on their work experience or qualifications rather than details that should have no bearing within the