1.1: Summarise key aspects of legislation, regulatory requirements and codes of practice relating to own role and responsibilities
Government legislation and statutory laws are put in place regulate, restrict, authorise, proscribe, provide, grant, sanction or declare. This takes the form of a law or bill which outlines the legal requirements of an organisation. All organisational policies must be in line with government legislation for example the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Equality Act 2010 and the Data Protection Act 1998.
The Equality Act 2010 which has replaced the Disabilities Discrimination Act 1995. The Equality Act 2010 provides protection against discrimination for peoples with disabilities in a work setting and beyond, whereas the Disabilities Discrimination Act only protects people with disabilities in a work environment. The Equality Act 2010 place duties on organisation to promote, increase and improve personal and professional responsibilities to Equality and Diversity. The new Equalities Act 2010 simplifies the laws of equality and discrimination, as currently issues such as race, gender, disability and religion are covered by different Acts of parliament. The nature of Information, Advice and Guidance work and my role at the Volunteer Centre means that we are required to provide accurate information and signposting for all clients, regardless of their, age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or status. This means that all clients are receiving the best possible information. Associated with the Equalities Act is legislation relating to Human Rights. This includes The Human Rights Act 1998 and the Special Needs and Disability Act 2001.
The Health and Safety at Work Act came into force in 1974. This statutory legislation was designed so that all staff and clients of a company or organisation could operate in a safe environment. Within a learning