Unit 1 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.


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).

1. Your start date would be included.
2. Your hours of work
3. Where you would be based
4. How many weeks notice you would have to give.

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

1. Health and safety - Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
2. Data protection - The Data Protection Act 1998
3. Pay and Pensions

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

1. Pay -The Equality Act 2010 -The National Minimum Wage Act 1998
2. Pension - From 2012 pension will undergo substantial change.
3. Employment right and responsibilities.

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.

You could find information internally from your line manager or trade union representative or externally from Citizens Advice Bureau and ACAS

4. Describe how representative bodies can support employees.

Trade unions are the best representatives as they can are a large organisations that represent the interests of their membership. Their members may share an occupation or a common industry. They can offer assistance through work based representatives. They will also have regional and national expertise that they can use.

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.

Employer Responsibilities are:
1. Train all staff on equality and diversity
2. Develop policies and procedures to address any diversity and equality problems.

Employee Responsibilities are
1. Treat everyone the same and fairly
2. Avoid discrimination

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.

Employer - a workforce who know its rights are respected (with all the benefits that brings)
Employee - knowing that you will be treated with respect (for your rights) at all times
Organisation - a good reputation in your local community for treating all people respectfully, meaning people might come to you for a good customer experience

Employer - having the field for available contributions as wide as possible, therefore increasing the chances of being successful, stronger, and more competitive
Employee - greater chance of having your ideas listened to, and having the chance to learn from other cultures. A stronger organisation will