Health & Social Care Nvq2 Unit 1

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1. List the aspects of employment covered by law: 2. List the main features of current employment legislation: The Health and Safety at work Act (1974) sets out general rules for employers and employees to follow. Within this act the main requirement is for employers to create a risk assessment. These should cover any risk within the work place and must record all conclusions. Besides the main Health and Safety Act, there are several other Health and Safety legislations that are also important within the workplace. These include; Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999), Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations (1992), Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations (1992), RIDDOR (1995) and Manual Handling Operations (1992). The Equality Act (2010) brought together existing legislations against forms of discrimination and helped to extend them within employment. This law is set out to protect and employee against being disadvantaged or mistreated within the workplace. There are two different sectors under the Equality Act, direct discrimination and in-direct discrimination. Direct discrimination refers to a employee being treated less then others due to a characteristic, such as being ‘too old’ for a promotion. In-direct discrimination is when someone is disadvantaged by certain criteria, such as an advertisement for a job-role asking for only a certain age-group to apply. Certain cases can be justified but this is very rare. Employment Rights are created to assist all mistreated employees. Despite having a contract, every employee is protected by these laws. However these Laws will still depend on an employees statutory rights and their employment contract. If your contract states a lesser right then what is stated within the law, the law applies. However, if your contract has a higher right then the law, your contract

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