Understanding Employment Responsibilities and Rights in Health and Social Care
Task 1 – Statutory responsibilities and rights of employees and employers
List the aspects of employment covered by law
• Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 – This law states that your employer must make sure that there is protection in place to safeguard against any risks and dangers within the work place. Also, it states that employees must refrain from taking any unnecessary risks, use protective equipment provided and follow any training/instructions given.
• Equality Act 2010 – This law protects the rights of every individual, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race etc, and ensures equal opportunities for all.
• The Disability Discrimination Act 2005 – This law protects rights of people with disabilities.
• The Data Protection Act 1998/2002 – This law protects the information about individuals whether its electronic, written or verbal.
• Access to Personal Files Act 1987 – This law is to give you access to certain personal information held about you, it includes medical records, health records etc.
List the main features of current employment legislation
• Employment Rights Act 1996
• Equal Pay Act 1975
• Sex Discrimination Act 1975
• Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006
• Disability Discrimination Act 2005
• Protection from Harassment Act 1997
• Human Rights Act 1995
• Employment Equality Act 2004
• National Minimum Wage Act 2000
• Working Time Directive 2003
• The Mental Health Act 2007
Outline why legislation related to employment exists
Legislation in employment exists for your protection, guidance and safety. It tells you what is expected from you, including how you should behave. Keeping you safe from harm is why the majority of these legislations have been made. Also, it stops your employer taking advantage of you...