What is the importance of having employment rights and responsibilities for the employee and the employer?

Employees and employers work together each day, and so have responsibilities to each other, with expectations of their rights to be upheld.

Employment laws are important in eliminating conflicts between employees and employers. For employees, knowing their rights and responsibilities may lessen the risk of unfair treatment by their employers. Likewise, employers who practice and are familiar with their duties can manage more efficiently.

Compliance with employment rules also is financially favourable to both parties. Compliant employers can avoid fines from not following the rules, as well as possible lawsuits. Equally, observance to employment laws means that employees are properly paid for the job they do.

Employment rights and responsibilities cover areas such as Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities, the provision of Terms and Conditions of Employment, and the right to be paid a Minimum Wage.

As a result of the implementation of EU directives since the 1970s, UK employment law is similar to that in Ireland. However, there are some nuances and differences in specific areas which could trip up the unwary. Read more at Mondaq News Alerts.

Updated on Monday, November 25 2013 at 03:07PM GMT