U1 Assessment Essay

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Unit one: Principles of personal responsibilities and working in a business environment


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Please note that this Assessment document has 8 pages and is made up of 7 Sections.

Name: Kelly Flanagan

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).

* Place of work

* Job title and duties

* Salary

* Hours of work

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

* Health and safety

* Employment rights and responsibilities

* Pay and pensions

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

* Equality Act 2010

* The National Minimum Wage Act 1998

* Working Time Regulations

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 resources

* Line manager * Personnel specialists * Trade union representatives * Books/ documents within the company * Informed colleagues

External resources

* Citizens Advice Bureau * Chamber of Commerce * Legal professionals * ACAS * Employer/ industry organisations

4. Describe how representative bodies can support employees.

Representative bodies i.e. trade unions and non-trade unions can assist employees in different ways. Unions are large organisations that represent the interests of their members. Representative bodies can assist employees with health and safety matters, pay, pensions and redundancy issues. They can act as a spokesperson for the employee, by voicing their opinion. They can also support employees who are going through disciplinary action, i.e. by being present in a disciplinary hearing.

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 should

* Treat all staff fairly * Give all staff equal opportunities * Fairly reward all staff doing the job equally

Employees should

* Be aware of judgement/ stereotyping and do not allow these to affect work/ working relationships * Look for positive attributes that individuals can bring to each situation * Treat people with the respect that you would expect yourself

6. Briefly explain the benefits of making sure equality and diversity procedures are followed in a business environment. Your answer should include one benefit for the employer, one benefit for the employee and one benefit for the overall organisation.

Following equality and diversity procedures is beneficial to a business environment. Staff will have an improved morale if they think they are being treated fairly, and that no favouritism is occurring. The employers’ job will be easier if the workforce is