Rights and Equality in theWorkplaceKPZ Tutor Group – Group PTutor: Klaus-Peter ZaunerMelissa HumeWing Wa LeungNeha JainMark MitchellEdward ClarkeVaidyalingam Ramalingam
Group MembersMelissa HumeWing Wa LeungMark MitchellEdward ClarkeVaidyalingamRamalingamNeha Jain
IntroductionOn graduating and entering the workspaceone needs to have a basic understandingof one’s rights and awareness of legalissues.The purpose of this presentation is toprovide an introduction and overview ofthese legal perspectives.
Employment LawsContract of EmploymentA contract is an agreementthat sets out an employees:Employment ConditionsRightsResponsibilitiesDuties http://www.lawyerslegalformsanddocuments.com/wpcontent/uploads/2012/07/employment_agreement.jpg
Working TimeThe maximum working week is48 hours.Workers are entitled to a minimum period of 28days, or four full weeks, in paid holidays eachyear.In every day workers must have at least a 20minute break in any 6 hour period.http://www.agileforall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/working_overtime.jpg
Minimum WagesType of Worker Minimum HourlyWagesWorkers aged 21 or over £6.19Workers aged between 18-20 £4.98Workers aged 16-17 £3.68Apprentices (first year or under19 yrs)£2.65
GrievancesIf you have a problem with youremployer,Send a written statement;Discuss it with your employer;Appeal against decision if not happy.If still unhappy with the outcome, you can takeyour case to an employment tribunal.http://www.lawyerslegalformsanddocuments.com/wpcontent/uploads/2012/07/employment_agreement.jpg
DismissalThe minimum notice youshould get is:One week – worked for 1month to 2 yearsTwo weeks – worked for 2 whole yearsOne extra week for each further whole year’semployment up to a maximum of 12 weeks notice intotal.http://www.minkenemploymentlawyers.com/wpcontent/uploads/2009/07/iStock_000013557812XSmall-425x272.jpg
Human RightsSo what exactly is Human Rights?Human rights are “commonly understood asinalienable fundamental rights to which a person isinherently entitled simply because she or he is ahuman being” (as stated by Wikipedia).In simple terms, we can consider it as a basic setof rules which applies to every human being.These rights are universal and a lot of measuresare taken to safeguard peoples rights, not only inthe workplace but also in economical, social andpolitical matters.
Varu Ajarel,2010http://blog.wsd.net/mawenzel/2012/02/02/inquiry-project-human-rights-parts-two-and-threeAll employees must be treated with equalrespect and salary based on age or genderalso breaches human rights.
Protecting Human RightsMany organisations have been set up to protectthe workers interests.Universal Declaration of Human Rights drafted byUnited Nations.Workers are legally protected. Many countriesapply the laws set by the UN and also make theirown for extra protection.Trade Unions and non-governmentalorganisations also offer invaluable support to theworkers.
AwarenessAll the bodies that protect human rightsshall only be of use if workers come to knowabout it.So awareness must be spread and workersshould know about their powers and rights.
Health and SafetyMelissa Humehttp://www.hse.gov.uk/
The Duties of the HSEhttp://www.the-whole-truth.co.uk/wp-content/upLoads/2011/09/Health_and_Safety.gif
The Health and Safety at Work Act1974http://www.gradjobsuncovered.com/img/gju_employer_registration_engagement.jpgDuties of Employers
The Health and Safety at Work Act1974http://landlordsure.co.uk/files/media/images/landlord.gifDuties of Persons havingControl of Premises
The Health and Safety at Work Act1974http://thisisnotadvertising.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/lego_builders_of_tomorrow.jpgDuties Towards Articles UsedAt Work
The Health and Safety at Work Act1974http://www.drugsense.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Drug-Testing.jpgDuties Towards SubstancesUsed At Work
The Health and Safety at Work Act1974Duties of Employeeshttps://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS1P-U3WHUpmxAFHG1XXmyOADZ-_l4ls42eqw4Yo2tphE6y3gtl
The Health and Safety at Work Act1974Duties of Persons in Generalhttp://www.re-define.org/sites/default/files/people.jpg
ConclusionThe primary concern of UK’s Labour Lawsis to ensure that every working person hasa minimum charter of rights in theirworkplace.This presentation has covered some of theprincipal points of these laws and hashopefully educated you as to the rights ofthe modern employee.