Err Workbook Essay

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ERR: Employment Rights and Responsibilities

As part of your Apprenticeship/NVQ you need to learn and have an understanding about Employment Responsibilities and rights (ERR).

This involves knowing about the laws relating to you and your employers responsibilities and rights in the work place.

Why do you need to know about ERR?

You need to know about laws that you and your employer have to follow. If you do not follow these laws you and your employer may end up in serious trouble. Therefore knowing about the law will protect your personal safety, your job and your employers business.

If you know about these laws that relate to you as an employee, you will be confident in the work you are doing, but if something did go
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Who do not qualify for the national minimum wage?

Read this information on the Race Relations Act, Sex Discrimination Act, Age Discrimination Act and Disability Discrimination Act.


What is discrimination?

Discrimination happens when an employer treats one employee less favorably than others. It could mean a female employee being paid less than a male colleague for doing the same job, or minority ethnic employee being refused the training opportunities offered to white colleagues.

There are specific laws against some types of discrimination (called 'unlawful discrimination'). If your employer treats you less favourably for an unlawful reason, you may be able to take action. If your employer treats you unfairly for any other reason, this is not unlawful discrimination (to find out what you can do in these situations - see below).

There are laws against discrimination because of: gender, marital status, gender reassignment, pregnancy, Sexual Orientation, Disability, Race, Colour, Ethnic Background, Nationality, Religion or belief and Age (From 1st October 2006)

What is racial discrimination?

The 1976 Race Relations Act makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against you on racial grounds. Race includes: colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins

Under the Act, it doesn’t matter if the discrimination is done on purpose or not. What counts