Keep up-to-date with law

OH professionals must keep abreast of rapidly changing
employment law, delegates heard.


Employment law expert Joan Lewis outlined the most
significant recent changes. 


Most recent changes include:


– The right not to be discriminated against for being a
part-time worker


– The right to be accompanied, for example, by a trade union


– Rights for union recognition where this is supported by a
majority of the workforce.


"Employees can bring a claim to tribunals at little
cost risk," said Lewis. "Workers can self represent, instruct
representatives or contact voluntary organisations to assist them."


Other laws to be aware of include a £5,000 fine for not
having a health and safety at work policy, and the statutory minimum wage. She
said that attention must be paid to proper equality procedures on equality,
anti-harassment, and grievances.

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