Main Sources Of Employment Of The United Kingdom

1061 WordsSep 6, 20145 Pages
The purpose of this briefing paper is to describe the main sources of employment legislation in the United Kingdom (UK), give a good understanding on employment contracts and explain the role and scope of trade unions. Sources of employment regulations In the United Kingdom are three main sources of UK employment law: the common law, statute and European Unionlaw.Common law (also known as case law)is law developed by judges through decisions of courts and similar tribunals, as opposed to statutes adopted through the legislative process or regulations issued by the executive branch. The European Unionhas had a significant influence over UK employment law rights through European Directives implemented and decisions of the European Court of Justice. Directives are legislative instruments that require the UK (and other member states of the EU) to translate the contents of the Directive into national law. In addition, there is a substantial amount of secondary legislation in the form of regulations which contain further provisions which affect the employment relationship. In some cases the legislation is supported by Codes of Practice drawn up by various government agencies. Although the Codes do not have direct legal effect, they are often, and in some cases have to be, taken into account by Employment Tribunals when deciding whether an employer has complied with its statutory obligations. Contract of employment The contract of employmentsets out the basis of the relationship
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