Human Rights and Duties in Employment

Employment Law | June 26, 2023 | Written by Natasha Nair

Human rights and duties are essential concepts in the employment sector. It is important to understand that employees have certain fundamental rights, and employers have corresponding duties towards their workers. International human rights law, labour law, and employment regulations have recognized these rights and duties. As experts in employment law, the team at Linley Welwood understands the importance of protecting human rights and ensuring that employers uphold their duties towards their employees. That is why we have compiled some important information about human rights and duties in employment.

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Human Rights in Employment

Employers and employees must understand these rights to create a fair and respectful workplace culture; however, it is also essential for individuals to recognize their responsibilities and duties when upholding these human rights in the workplace.

  1. Employees have the right to be free from discrimination based on race, gender identity or expression, religion, or disability status.
  2. Employers also have specific duties towards their employees, such as providing a safe working environment, ensuring payment of salaries on time, and fully complying with legal requirements.
  3. Employees have the right to fair wages and reasonable working hours. Additionally, they should be given equal opportunities for growth and advancement in their careers without prejudice.
  4. Employers must respect their employees’ privacy and provide reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities or health issues.
  5. Employees can take rest breaks throughout their workday and access healthcare benefits their employer provides.
  6. Employees also have the right to privacy regarding personal information, such as medical records or social security numbers, that they share with their employers.
  7. Employers must ensure that all employees are given equal opportunities for promotion and training regardless of race, gender, age, or religion.
  8. It is also essential for employers to provide employees with adequate medical leave.

Duties in Employment

On the other hand, employees also have specific duties towards their employers. This includes:

  1. Employees’ primary duties in the workplace are to adhere to company policies and procedures. These policies are implemented for the safety and well-being of all organization members. This includes punctuality, adhering to dress codes, following safety protocols when handling equipment or machinery, and respecting confidential information.
  2. Employees must maintain good communication with their supervisors and colleagues. Effective communication ensures everyone is on the same page regarding tasks assigned, deadlines, and expectations.
  3. Employees must not engage in harassment or discrimination against others in any form whatsoever and always strive for personal development.

If you want more information about employment law, contact Linley Welwood’s team to understand human rights and duties in employment. You can reach us through our online contact form, and we will gladly address any inquiries you may have about our services or your circumstances.

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