Session 1: Rights and responsibilities at work
Unit 1 notes:
Health and safety
Five key areas:
Sources of information
The role of representative bodies supporting employees
Equality and diversity.
Additional information found in contracts or elsewhere may include:
A termination date for temporary jobs
Relevant trade union agreements
Grievance and appeal procedures
Details regarding sickness entitlements
Disciplinary rules and procedures.
Four main areas covered by legislation:
Health and safety
Employment rights and responsibilities
Pay and pensions
It is likely that Business B will be more successful than Business A. In Business A, less competent family members may get important jobs. This can have a negative impact on the performance of the business. It is also likely that talented employees who are not family members will be disappointed, disgruntled and think about leaving the organisation.
In Business B, competent people will fill senior management roles and they will be able to perform effectively. The organisation is more likely to attract talented people who want to progress.
This makes Business B a more diverse organisation and one, which has an equal opportunities environment. A diverse organisation provides opportunities to learn new things from people with different experiences and perspectives, and an equal opportunities environment enables people to feel that the organisation is treating them fairly. When equality and diversity are considered, the workforce is likely to be better motivated, more competent and more productive.
5.6 weeks per year is the minimum legal requirement
Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
Employee’s Statement of Sickness (form SC2)
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