Are you employed by a local business? Wondering what your rights are through general employment, and what you need to do if you should ever have to air a grievance or make a complaint? If yes, then this blog is right for you!
Employment law is in place to help ensure that all employees of businesses in the UK have channels through which they can make claims if they need to.
But how does employment law actually work in practice? In this quick guide, we will be finding out the answers to these questions.
What Employment Law Covers
All businesses owe a general duty of care to employees. This covers local business owners as well as bigger companies who may have a wide employee base.
Essentially, employment law works to support individual people who are employed on contracts. For example, this type of law may help to protect rights as far as sickness is concerned, as well as holiday time, contract protections and what happens to employees should a business be taken over, or should they find themselves made redundant.
This legislation also covers various areas of employment where harmful discrimination may come into play. For example, gender discrimination and racial discrimination are covered by the act.
How else are businesses affected?
Businesses will need to be very clear on what is expected from their employees. What’s more, they must always set a fair and level playing field for all applicants, and people who work for them once recruited. They must set a fair, minimum wage for all employees at a specific level, and they must ensure that all details for a job post are made clear during recruitment.
Employment law largely protects individual employees, though it is used to help regulate the wider running of UK businesses across the board. For example, this legislation also demands that local businesses and larger companies alike offer safe working conditions for all their staff. This is why all companies must have clear health and safety codes in line with UK law and practice. Until 2021, much of this will have been governed by the European Union.
Employers must also provide adequate training and safety equipment for all staff while they are working on their premises, meaning that they, again, have a duty of care to ensure that workers can confidently and effectively carry out their work without fear of injury or reproach.
Are You Affected By Employment Law?
If you are employed by a company and are concerned that your rights are being infringed upon, it is always a good idea to reach out to an employment law expert. Always make sure to read contracts of hire very carefully, and if you are ever unsure about terms and conditions you are being asked to sign, make sure to reach out to a solicitor who can help to break down the various clauses for you.
Employment law shouldn’t be complex or confusing. After all, it is there to protect your rights!
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