Understanding Employment Responsibilities and Rights in Health and Social Care

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Understanding Employment Responsibilities and Rights in Health and Social Care Learning Outcome 1 – Know the Statutory responsibilities and rights of employees and employers within own area of work 1.1 List the Aspects of Employment Law: • Minimum Wage • Hours Worked • Discrimination • Health & Safety • Holiday Entitlements • Redundancy and Dismissal • Training • Disciplinary Procedures • Union rights and consultation 1.2 List the Main Features of Current Employment Legislation The Equality Act 2010 A new Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. The Equality Act brings together over 116 separate pieces of legislation into one single Act. Combined, they make up a new Act that provides a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all. The Act simplifies, strengthens and harmonises the current legislation to provide Britain with a new discrimination law which protects individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a fair and more equal society. The nine main pieces of legislation that have merged are: • Equal Pay Act 1970 • Sex Discrimination Act 1975 • Race Relations Act 1976 • Disability Discrimination Act 1995 • Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 • Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 • Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 • Equality Act 2006, Part 2 • Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007 1.3 Outline why legislation relating to employment exists: Legislation and regulations are established to provide a framework of acceptable practice which all who are governed by that framework must adhere to. Legislation and regulation provide a protection for the public against practice that is thought to be unacceptable in the light of commonly agreed moral or other ethical beliefs 1.4 Identify sources and
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