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

Employment laws are of great importance because they offer protections to both the employee and employer. These laws are in place to guarantee a fair and safe working environment for employers and employees.

Employment laws are also 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.

Learn more about your basic rights at work from the Citizens Advice Bureau.