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Why the Employment Rights Act 1996 is important

Employers need to be aware of any legislation and laws that relate to them and the ways in which their employees are supported and treated. Employees that feel they are being treated unfairly can potentially file a Constructive Dismissal Claim through a company like and organisations don’t want to be in a situation where their employees are unhappy and leave the employment of the company.

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The Act covers a number of areas and these include:

  • Contract of Employment – under the 1996 regulations it was noted that an employee must be issued with a contract of employment within 2 months of starting a position This contract must contain important information such sd the job role, salary, working hours, the type of contract and whether it is for a given time period and the contract needs to be signed by both the employee and the employer.

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  • Rest breaks – the act safeguards against ensuring that workers are given regular breaks during their working day and it expressed that for every 6 hours of continuous daily work an employee should be given a 20-minute break.
  • Parental Leave – the act gave a provision for antenatal care for expectant mothers as well as maternity and paternity leave. Over the years this section of the act has been updated to increase the amount of maternity and paternity leave that should be offered and how the parental leave and payments can be split between the parents.

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