Employment legislation covers a range of topics. Some will be referenced via the drafting of your employment contracts, such as discipline and grievance procedures, holiday and sickness pay and leave.
Other major areas of employment legislation you may encounter.
- Working Time Regulations – ensuring that employees do not work hours in excess of the legal maximum and take sufficient holidays, breaks and time off
- National Minimum Wage – providing a minimum hourly rate of pay categorised by age
- Health and Safety – These regulations ensure employees are safe at work
- Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employees (TUPE) – apply when considering mergers or transfers of employees from or to your organisation
- Public Interest Disclosure Act – gives legal protection to workers when whistle-blowing about wrongoing in the organisation
- Redundancy – including consultation procedures, entitlement to statutory redundancy payments etc
- Discrimination – the right to be treated fairly in all employment decisions
- Parental rights – maternity/paternity/parental/adoption leave and dependants' leave for emergencies
- Flexible working requests – for those with caring roles for children and other dependants
- Right to request training – this applies to employers with over 250 employees from April 2010 and to all employers from April 1011
- Immigration and work status – ensuring that your employees have the right to work in this country
- Specific checks – for example those required for employees working with children or vulnerable adults in your organisation (that is, Criminal Records Bureau checks including Protection of Vulnerable Adults)
- Data Protection Act – covering the information that may be kept for an employee
- Information and Consultation of Employee Regulations – in certain circumstances this requires employers with more than 50 employees to consult with and inform employees about workplace issues.