Supporting Good Practice in Managing Employee Relations Essay

2397 Words Apr 8th, 2012 10 Pages


1. The impact of employment law at the start of the employment relationship

1.1. 2 internal and 2 external factors that impact on the employment relationship

A number of factors can have an impact on the relationship between employees and employers which can be identified as internal and external factors.

• Internal factors include:

o Pay and Rewards – pay and rewards attract, motivate and retain staff. The employment contract which lists rewards, whether it be pay, bonus or benefits, can remove animosity amongst employees and employers. However, recent research reveals that employees are no longer motivated by a financial reward alone, but
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2. The employee rights during the employee relationship

2.1. The importance of work life balance and related legislation concerning holidays, rest periods, working hours and night working

It is imperative that the employee can balance his/her working life against his/her personal life. With sufficient time off and rest periods, employees will feel “looked after” and be motivated to put in more effort. There will be a reduction of mistakes because the employee has had adequate rest which results in a more positive working environment. Employers who introduce such practices in the work place in order to help employees achieve a better and satisfactory work/life balance can expect to see an increase in motivation, enhanced performance/productivity and greater staff loyalty. By implementing a positive work/life balance, companies are successful, secure a good reputation and promote positive employee relations. The Working Time Regulations 1998 stipulates that employers should provide employees with the following basic rights:

• 28 days holiday (paid) for full time employees (part-time employees would receive this on a pro rata basis);
• a rest period of 20 minutes every 6 hours worked
• 11 hours rest every 24 hours
• a maximum of a 48 hour working week*
• a maximum of 8 hours’ work in 24 hours for night workers

*UK companies actively implement the “opt-out” clause to the 48 hour limit which allows companies to ask
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