Supporting Good Practice in Managing Employee Relations

2294 Words Apr 14th, 2012 10 Pages
Supporting Good Practice in Managing Employee Relations Aim The aim/objectives of this assignment are to explore employee relations in detail, including the psychological contract, differences between fair and unfair dismissals, redundancy, and the direct link to my organisation. Pershing is a medium sized financial services company, who has seen strong growth over the last two years during the economic downturn. 1.0 Internal and external factors that impact on the employment relationship

1.1 When an employee starts a new company, there are many external and internal factors that impact on the employment relationship. One external factor is the state of the economy, in recent years the economy has experienced a recession. This
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4.2 Secondly, the Maternity & Parental Leave Regs 1999. Maternity allows female employees to have the basic rights including, time off for anti natal care, not to be unfairly dismissed, and the choice to return to work after their child has been born. Parental leave provides the right for employees to take unpaid leave to support dependants in an emergency which we at Pershing fully support.

4.3 Thirdly, the Flexible Working 1997; this legislation provides a statutory right for employees to request flexible working. At Pershing this is seen in the form of a change to working hours, working times, and which location the employee is based. 4.4 Finally, the Employment Act 2002 which includes Paternity Leave. This entitles employees to take Statutory Paternity Leave (2 Weeks). Pershing will grant this leave as long as employees can provide documentation to support the child’s birth and give the required notice. 5.0 Two reasons that justify treating employees fairly in relation to pay 5.1 The purpose of the Equal Pay Act 1970 is to eliminate discrimination between men and women in terms of pay. One reason that justifies treating employees fairly in relation to pay is that lower earnings make it harder for women to take care of their families. A report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research found that if women were paid fairly, single women’s income would rise by 13.4%, single mothers would earn