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).
The following information would be included in a contract of employment:
Date employment commences
Hours of work
2a) List three key points of legislation that affect employers in a business environment.
Three key points affecting employers in a business environment are as follows:
Employment Rights and Responsibilities
Health and Safety
2b) List three key points of legislation that affect employees in a business environment.
Three key points affecting employees in a business environment are as follows:
Statutory Employment Rights
Health and Safety
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 on employment rights and responsibilities can be:
Staff employment handbooks and related documents
Trade Union and Non Trade Union Representatives
External sources of information on employment rights and responsibilities can be:
The Citizens Advice Bureau
Equality and Human Rights Commission (equalityhumanrights.com)
4. Describe how representative bodies can support employees.
Representative bodies can be either Trade Union Representatives or Non Trade Union Representatives. Both Trade Union and Non Trade Union Representatives can provide advice and assistance when an employee has a work related problem, for example, they can accompany the employee in disciplinary hearings, and represent the employee in discussions and negotiations with employers. Some Representatives Specialise in specific areas (listed below) and some cover a range of areas.
Trade Unions are large organisations across many industries that represent their members in the workplace. Assistance is provided through work based Union Representatives and there is also regional and national expertise available to Union Representatives and Union members.
Trade Union Representatives can offer assistance in the following:
TUPE (transfer of undertakings – the business in brought by another company) Workforce Agreement
Health and Safety
Information and Consultation Representation
European Consultative bodies
Collective Bargaining - (i.e. terms and conditions of employment and procedures for negotiation and the resolve of disputes) Non Trade Union representatives can be staff or trade associations and can offer assistance in all that a Trade Union Representative covers with two exceptions which are Union Learning and Collective Bargaining.
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.
Employers have a responsibility to ensure that employees are not discriminated against in the workplace due to their individual circumstances and differences. To achieve this, employers should do the following:
Develop procedures and policies to address issues regarding Equality and Diversity. •
Provide information and training to staff regarding equality and diversity.
Employees must also be aware of Equality and Diversity within the workplace and also have responsibilities to ensure other employees are not subject...
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