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There is an average of 4 million limited companies in Britain and at least 21 million full-time employees, and thankfully, UK employment laws are in place to make sure both employers and employees are protected from a multitude of unexpected circumstances in the workplace.

What is employment law?

Although employment law can seem complex and varied, its purpose is to protect worker and employer rights, its purpose is to help maintain a healthy balance in the workplace. Employment laws provide legislation on dismissal, annual leave, salary, discrimination, and many other areas for that matter.

As a business owner, understanding UK employment legislation is imperative while running and growing your day-to-day business. Employment laws protect businesses, outline their obligations toward employees and what protections they have should the worst happen. Essentially, they keep the employment relationship healthy on both sides.

For example, UK employment laws safeguard businesses by setting out guidelines for what to include in a written contract, such as holiday entitlement, disciplinary rules, and formal notice periods. As early as someone applies for a job, they are covered by the Equality Act 2010, which prohibits gender, race, or disability discrimination against them.

What is an employment contract?

A contract of employment is a written agreement between an employee and a business. The contract will clearly state the terms and conditions of their specific job role, outlining basic employee responsibilities and duties, working hours, work environment, and rights while employed by the business.

As well as this, an employment contract may also state any expectations a company has, such as rules and guidelines for overtime or claim-backs for company expenses, like work-related travel and accommodation.

More importantly, an employee should raise any questions with their employer before signing a contract of employment. After which if they wish to make a claim against their employer, a copy of their employment contract would be inspected and potentially used as evidence to help the case.

What is covered under employment law?

Employment law covers a range of topics involved in the relationship between employees and their employer. Here are just some examples:

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Employment law is ever-changing and is used to protect the rights of employers and their employees in many other areas.

Our team of experts at Bowcock & Pursaill offer a friendly ear and practical legal advice for both employers and employees so you can be assured we’ll strive for the best legal outcome for you. Get in touch today to see how we can help.

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