Employment and Legal Issues

By | April 27, 2015

Employers and employees have statutory rights and responsibilities under UK and European employment law. Employees must abide by the terms of their contract of employment including giving and working the specified period of notice.

This lesson has been put together to identify the legal rights and responsibilities of an employee and employer address a range of potential employment or legal issues. An Employee should be aware of the details included in their contract of employment, as this will often state the policies and procedures that apply to their employment. This includes important details such as the grievance and disciplinary procedure, wages, holiday and sick pay, and other responsibilities.

This lesson also explores a range of general legal issues such as data protect, copyright, and a range of printing and publishing laws that apply to companies in the UK.

Read through the presentation then answer the questions below to test your knowledge. This lesson should take approximately 30 minutes, however you might want to take longer research some of the individual topics. You can revisit this lesson at any time.


This quiz should test your knowledge of employment and legal issues.

1. Within how many months should an employee be issued with a contract of employment.


2. If a person feels like they are forced to resign because of the actions of the employer or colleagues, such as bullying, or a change in contract terms without consent, it is known as?


3. The purpose of a disciplinary procedure is to:


4. Which of the below is not an aspect of the Data Protection Act 1998?


5. A defamatory statement that is published, whether in a written publication, on the internet or on social media is known as what type of offence?


6. A partnership including ten people, whereby each person’s financial liability is limited to a fixed sum is known as what type of company?



Previous Lesson: Departments and Job Roles

For more information, see the following links:

ACAS advice and support: http://www.acas.org.uk/

Contracts of employment: https://www.gov.uk/employment-contracts-and-conditions/overview

Citizens advice: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

Data protection: https://www.gov.uk/data-protection/the-data-protection-act

Intellectual Property Office (IPO): https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/intellectual-property-office

Sale of Goods and Consumer rights: http://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/regulation/sale-of-goods-act