The Workforce And UK Law

Protection For The Workforce

There are laws in the UK that protect the workforce. Employment law governs the work place and protects employees. Every time you see a job advertised, you should expect legal compliance in the job spec. So regardless of your gender, sexuality, age or ethnicity, you should apply for the job if you meet the job spec criteria. This applies also to people with a disability. There are legislations for the different areas of employment. Some of the areas are discrimination, health and safety, wages and employees right to buy shares.

Employee Rights

The basic rights of employees may include the right to buy company shares. Some of these basic rights are also the right to make contributions towards the company pension. Employees must be paid for hours worked and earn at least the minimum wage, reviewed every year by the government. They’re also entitled to annual leave, including public holidays and sickness leave. If you’re a part-time worker, your entitlement is pro-rata. Also, maternal and paternal leave are protected by legislation and the contract should make it clear regarding the employee’s entitlement. There are many areas that cover employees rights, but it does depend on the employer and the nature of the business.

Wellness At Work

There are health and safety guidelines set out by the government. Employers have to comply with these guidelines in order to protect the welfare of employees. This applies also to mental health, which falls under the same category. Employers should be more consciencious and care for the wellbeing of employees, especially considering recent mental health awareness campaings. Anxiety and depression related to work load and/or office environment can have serious repercussions. Thankfully, mental health awareness has finally gained momentum in the UK. Many companies promote mental wellness at work with courses, workshops, education and activities.

National Minimum Wage

The government decides the minimum an employee should earn per hour. You can check the latest update on In 2021, the government made the following changes relating to the minimum wage per hour:

  • Apprentices – £4.30
  • Under the age of 18 – £4.62
  • Between the ages of 18 and 20 – £6.56
  • Between the ages of 21 and 22 – £8.36
  • All employees aged 23 and over – £8.91

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