Aspects covered by law
These are the aspects covered by law within a work environment:
* Minimum wage
* Hours worked (working time directive) (WTD)
* Health and safety
* Holiday entitlements
* Redundancy and dismissal
* Disciplinary procedures
* Union rights and consultation, etc.
These apply to all Work environments. Labour law covers the deal between employee and employer. Health and safety laws cover the work conditions, and minimum wage and other laws set basic compensation levels.
Current employment legislation
The current spectrum of employment within the UK covers three main areas employment rights, equality and discrimination, also health and safety legislation.
The employment rights act has been in effect since 1996. It consists of rights that employees can get while they work. It covers things such as unfair dismissal, time off rights for parents, wages, redundancy and many more.
The equality act was brought into practice within 2010 replacing an anti-discrimination act making things more clarified and easier to understand. It arrays out the different means in which it is unlawful to treat somebody within the work place and society.
The discrimination act comprises of legalisation involving sex, race, age and also disability.
Sex discrimination act – this act makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against an applicant for reason of their sex or marital status.
Race relation act 1997 – it is unlawful to stipulate by a person’s colour, race or ethnic or national origin.
Employment equality regulations – this makes it unlawful to an applicant/employee on grounds of their age.
Disability act – it is unlawful to discriminate against someone due to their disability.
Why legislation exists relating to employment
Legislation exists purely to protect employees from being abused or taken advantage of within the...