A guide for employers and employees regarding the ever increasing number of legislative 'dos and don'ts' within the workplace.
EMPLOYMENT LAW: It continues to be one of the main complaints from business men and employers.
You may wonder why so many UK employment laws exist and why you should bother getting some free legal advice about the working laws and the great British governmental red tape.
Successive governments have promised - in their election speeches - to help cut red tape for business. Upon being elected to office, they are soon aware of the fact that they are not full masters of the situation.
The established UK employment law is difficult to change because there needs to be informed negotiation with interested parties before many aspects of workplace law can be changed.
Add to all that, we have an organisation - The European Union - that has different views to the United Kingdom in what should and should not be considered good - or bad - working conditions and terms of employment.
The United Kingdom defines employment as a contract of service where mutual obligations exist between employers and employees.
An occupational contract grants the employer control of when, and how, the work should be completed.
In fact, to make matters even more confusing, there is no standardised acceptance of how the phrase 'employment laws' should be represented.
There are those that call the same set of rules 'the labour law' and then others think they are right by spelling it as 'labor laws'.
In simple terms, employment laws mediate an alliance between employees (the workforce) and employers (the management). You should also include the associated government and trade unions (collective labour law) if you are discussing the topic of legislation in the workplace.
A personal 'relationship of service' ensues whereby the employer usually provides the employee with premises, sufficient tools, and payment, for performing the agreed task.
Financial compensation is awarded to the worker as an hourly rate of pay or base salary. Lawyers often refer to this as a 'master and servant' alliance.
Be sure to check out the list of employment law acts guide where we keep you abreast of the main rules and regulations that probably affect your working place activities.
Note: Because employment laws and legislation differ between countries inside and outside the United Kingdom, it is advisable to review the freely available governmental rules and regulations which are most relevant for your specific country.
What is Employment Law Definition; UK Rules Updated 2017