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1

When did the Equality Act come into force?

2010

2

Why was the Equality Act formed?

To consolidate and simplify anti-discrimination law in the U.K. And to reduce complications arising from having too many separate pieces of legislation

3

Who is the Equality Act applicable to?

All organisations of all sizes and types in the U.K.

4

What are the 9 protected characteristics in the Equality Act?

Age
Race
Gender reassignment
Marriage
Civil partnership
Disability
Religion or belief
Maternity
Pregnancy

5

Why have 9 protected characteristics been singled out in the Equality Act?

To reduce inequalities in the working environment

6

When did the health and safety at work Act come into force?

1974

7

What are the aims of the health and safety at work Act?

To raise the standard of health and safety in the workplace for all workers and to protect the public whose safety may be put at risk by the actions of people at work

8

What does the employer have to do under the health and safety at work Act?

They must make sure that:
They take every reasonable step to ensure that all machinery is properly maintained
All hazardous substances are dealt with properly
All staff are trained and informed of any potential dangers
The environment is safe and non- hazardous to the health of the employees

This may involve risk assessments, and appointing safety officers to inspect the work place

9

What does the employee have to do under the health and safety at work Act?

They must behave in a responsible manner at work
Take some responsibility for their own actions
Co-operate with their employers in ensuring that all health and safety requirements are met

10

When did the national minimum wage Act come into force?

1998

11

What is the national minimum wage act?

It states the minimum wage that must be payed to employees

12

What are examples of the UK minimum wage?

The UK minimum wage is dependant on age, for example
Under 18 years old £3.87
Over 21 years old £6.70

13

When did the employment rights Act come into force?

1996

14

What is the employment rights act?

It states the duties and rights of the employer and the employees.

15

What are some examples of rights included in the employment rights act?

Employee rights to paternity and maternity leave
Termination of employment
Sunday working
The right to a written pay slip
The right to a written contract of employment within 60 days of starting work

16

When did the data protection Act come into force?

1998

17

What is the data protection act designed for?

Designed to control the way in which information is:
Collected
Stored
Processed
Destroyed

18

What does the data protection act require?

It requires 8 main principles to be followed by every data controller (organisation) including

Data is kept secure

Accurate and up to date

Not kept for longer than is necessary

Adequate, relevant and not excessive