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Do you know your rights? It’s a question we should all be asking ourselves on 13th February, Employee Legal Awareness Day. Workplaces across the country have undergone a great deal of upheaval in the past couple of years as a result of the pandemic. A lot has changed – from where we work to how we work. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is an employer’s obligation to look after their staff.
And so, Employee Legal Awareness Day provides the perfect opportunity for employees and employers alike to brush up on the laws, rules and company policies that shape their workplace.
Employers’ legal obligations
According to the Health and Safety Executive, employers are bound by law in the following areas:
Knowledge is power
Despite the emphasis of these laws falling to the responsibility of employers, it is essential that employees also take an active role in learning their legal rights and obligations. An employee who fully understands the rights and rules is better able to proactively participate in improving working conditions, and can express concerns regarding health, safety, and wellbeing in the workplace more effectively.
To this end, all employees should be issued with an employer’s handbook which should contain information such as:
How the Occupational Healthcare experts at YourGP can help
Employers have a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all their employees so far as is reasonably practicable. The Occupational Healthcare experts at YourGP can assist with this requirement. From health and wellbeing assessments and vaccinations, to sickness absence management, and drug and alcohol screening, we can tailor healthcare packages to ensure they meet the unique needs of your business.
If you would like further information on how about the Occupational Health services at YourGP, call 0131 225 5656 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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