201.1 Know the Statutory Responsibilities and Rights of Employees and Employers Within Own Area of Work

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The aspects of employment covered by law are data protection, minimum wage, working hours and holiday entitlements, health and safety, sickness absence and sick pay, redundancy and dismissal, Criminal Record Bureau checks (CRB) and anti-discrimination on gender, disabilities, race, religion and age. The main current employment legislation are Employment Rights, Equalities and Discrimination law and Health and Safety legislation. Current employment legislation is there to protect employees and employers. employment legislation guides employers on the rights and restrictions of their workers, for example; working hours, breaks, wage and discrimination. By providing these rights and regulations it protects employers and employees by setting guidelines that must be adhered to, This is in place so that the employees aren’t taken advantage of from things such as; working excessive hours, working for below minimum wage, working with no breaks and excessive workloads. There are many places to seek information and advice for employment responsibilities and rights, firstly your contract of employment should outline the company’s responsibilities and rights to you as the employee, if not then the company’s Human Resources department or Manager should be able to give employees the information they need. Other sources include; Citizens Advice Bureau. Job Centre Plus, Department for Work and Pensions, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, Employment Appeals Tribunal Service, Trade Unions, Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service and the Direct.gov website. There is also help for people with disabilities, one in particular is Access to Work which can provide financial support in traveling to work and help at work with equipment or support

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