Outcome 1 Know the statutory responsibilities and rights of employees and employers within own area of work
Minimum wage (National Minimum Wage Act 1998)
Discrimination (The Equality Act 2008)
Hours worked (Working Time Directive 2003)
Breaks (Working Time Directive 2003)
Health and Safety (Health and Safety at Work 1974)
Holiday entitlement (The Employment Act 2008)
Data protection (Data Protection Act 1998)
Sickness and sick pay (The Employment Act 2008)
Safeguarding (Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006)
COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002)
Manual handling (Health and Safety at Work 1974)
Accidents (Health and Safety at Work 1974)
Food hygiene and safety (Health and Safety at Work 1974)
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, This Act places a general duty to 'ensure so far as is reasonably practicable the health, safety and welfare at work of all their employees'. This includes manual handling, COSHH, food safety act and health and safety regulations.
Employment Act 2008, This covers disciplinary and grievance procedures, unfair dismissal, offers protection to employers and employees and enforced changes to the national minimum wage.
Equality Act 2010, This act which protects individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a fair and more equal society. This includes age, race, gender, sexual discrimination, religious beliefs, disability and pregnancy.
The Data Protection Act 1998, This Act controls how your personal information is used by organisations, businesses or the government. This is covered by the ‘data protection principles’ which state that information should be; used fairly and lawfully used for limited, specifically stated purposes used in a way that is adequate, relevant and not excessive accurate kept for no longer than is absolutely necessary handled according to people’s data protection rights kept safe and secure not transferred outside the UK without adequate protection
The Working Time Directive 2003, This give EU workers the right to a minimum number of holidays each year, rest breaks, sets a maximum weekly working time limit, night work limits and health assessments for night work.
Legislation relating to employment exists to protect both employees and employers by providing a framework which both needs to follow. For example my right to rest breaks, annual leave and maximum working week are protected by the Working Time Directive 2003. My safety whilst at work is protected by the Health and Safety at work Act 1974. This covers many aspects of work for example; the supply of personal protective equipment, first aid training, moving and handling regulations and COSHH among others.
There are many types of information and advice available to employees. This includes management and HR advice. My job description outlines what is expected in my job role. I have and employee handbook which has information about my employers and job. I had a thorough induction which introduced me to my employers and job role. I am a member of the union, Unison, which can offer me advice if I have problems at work. The Citizens Advice Bureau is available to me for advice both in my work and private life. ACAS offers advice on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law.
Outcome 2 Understand agreed ways of working that protect own relationship employer
My contract provides the terms and conditions for my job. It outlines my post which includes;
Post – Which role I am employed in and job title.
Salary – How much I will be paid and when I will be paid. Also outlines the progression through the pay grade and when increments will be applied.
Hours of work – My contracted hours per week and working week (e.g. Monday to Sunday)
Leave entitlement – How much annual leave I am entitled to and when it runs from and to.
Workplace location –…