Every aspect of your employment is covered by law but the first thing you must have is a contract of employment. Other aspects of employment covered by law are minimum wage, hours worked, discrimination, health and safety, holiday entitlements, redundancy and dismissal, training, disciplinary procedures and union rights and consultation.
The main features of current employment legislation are employment rights, equalities and discrimination law and health and safety legislation. The legislation for employment rights is the Employment Rights Act 1996, this is an act to consolidate enactments relating to employment rights. This covers things such as employment particulars, protection of wages and guarantee payments. The legislation for equalities is The Equality Act 2010, this covers things such as protected characteristics, prohibited conduct and equality of terms. The legislation for discrimination is The Disability Discrimination Act 2005, this covers things such as public authorities and transport. The legislation for health and safety is the Health and safety at work etc. Act 1974 and this covers things such as general duties, enforcement and COSHH.
Legislation relating to employment exists to protect the rights of employers and employees by providing rules and regulations that must be followed. This is because if we didn’t have legislation the employers could pay an employee however much they wanted and there would be nothing saying they couldn’t, also there could be bullying or discrimination going on at work and there would be no law or legislation against this so you could get away with it.
The sources and types of information and advice available in relation to employment responsibilities and rights are in your contract, in your employee handbook, in the policy documents, in your terms and conditions and also in your job description. So then the information and advice will be subject to...