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What is Employment Law?

Employment law is there to regulate relationships between employers and employees and covers various factors such as what employers can expect and request from their employees, and what rights employees have whilst they are at work. The main purposes of employment law are:

• To prevent discrimination in the workplace
• To promote health and safety within the workplace
• To establish levels of economic support
• To Prevent disruptions to work arising from conflicts between management and their staff

At times, there can be confusion surrounding what employment law covers, and therefore it often isn’t utilised when it should be. The below list provides the main examples of employment law; however, this is in no way exhaustive and employment law exists to protect both employers and employees in several additional ways also.

• Bullying and harassment
• Age discrimination
• Discrimination based on race, gender, religion, or sexuality
• Disability
• Employment contracts
• Dismissal and employee grievances
• Minimum wage and equal pay
• Redundancy
• Parental leave
• Working hours
• Sick leave

All the above are covered under various pieces of legislation, such as:

• Employment Rights Act 1996
• Working Time Regulations 1998
• Maternity and Parental Leave Regulations 1999
• Equality Act 2010

All employers have a duty to comply with employment law, and all employees have the right to utilise it if needed. It is therefore essential that employers have a sound understanding of employment law, or that they are aware of a reputable third-party Company who can assist them if required.

Employment contracts are one of the most common aspects employment law is utilised for by employees. They form an extremely important part of employment and the working relationship and are covered under the Employment Rights Act 1996. Only those workers with recognised employee status used to have the right to receive a written contract, which had to be provided to them within two months of starting work. However, new rules as of April 2020 mean that individuals with worker status will also be entitled to a written contract, which must be issued to them on their first working day. Written contract requirements have also been amended and these must now include clear guidance and information on:

• Any probationary periods that must be undertaken by the employee
• Family-friendly leave entitlements
• Days and times that the employee will be expected to work

Here at Joseph James Law we are here to support both employers and employees. So, whether you’re an employer in need of support, or an employee with a work-related dispute, get in touch with us today for a free friendly initial chat.

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