201: Understand Employment Responsibilities and Rights in Health, Social Care or Children and Young People's Settings

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201: Understand employment responsibilities and rights in health, social care or children and young people's settings 1.1 List the aspects of employment covered by law The Law protects both the rights and responsibilities of both employees and employers. Three examples of employee rights currently protected by law are; Sick Pay, Holiday Entitlement and Maternity Pay and Leave. 1.2 List the main features of current employment By law, after an employee has been sick for four days they are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), which is a minimum of £87.55 a week for up to 28 weeks. Some companies may pay more depending on their policy, but never less. However employers do not have to give sick pay if the employee has been ill for less than 4 days, or is paid less than £111 a week. In this situation, both the employee and employer can benefit from this legislation. In regards to Holiday Entitlement, current legislation states that any employee working 5 days a week is entitled to 28 days of paid leave a year. Employees are also allowed to build up their holiday entitlement, depending on their contract, for example if they don't use all their 28 days in one year, the extra days can be added to the next year, as long as this is fewer than 8 days. However the law enables employers to decide whether employees are paid for bank holidays. Maternity Pay and Leave is another example of employees' rights being protected by law. The Law states that when a woman takes time off work to have a baby she may be eligible for Statutory Maternity Leave and Pay, as well as paid time off for antenatal care and extra support from the government. In addition to this, her employment rights are protected while she is on Statutory Maternity Leave, including any salary increases, accrual of holiday entitlement and returning to work. A woman is entitled to 52 weeks of maternity leave,
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