Employment Law States That Employees Have an Obligation to their Employer

With so much litigation from employees suing their employers for vast sums of money employees might be misled into thinking that they have few obligations to fulfill in the workplace. The fact is that employees do have a duty to their employers to abide by certain rules laid down by the various statutes and precedents set in employment law some of which are explored below;

  • An employee must to the best of their ability perform the role they were employed to do. This sometimes can be a difficult thing as many employment contracts have loose clauses about any ad hoc work an employee is asked to perform by their manager. The ad hoc work has to be in line with the role the employee was employed to do or else the employer could be liable for a constructive dismissal claim.
  • The employee must perform their tasks in line with any training the company has given to them providing that any risks have been fully explained and the employee is happy to continue doing the said mentioned task. Here again we can see that there could be a grey area for employees. If an employee feels the training is inadequate or having received the training they feel they are not happy to perform the task they should raise their concerns through the company grievance procedure.
  • Employees who have grievance with their employers must use the company grievance procedure failure to do so could seriously jeopardise their chance of seeking compensation through an employment tribunal at a later date. The tribunal might view the case in the light that an employee has not followed protocol to resolve the issues they have through the standard method provided by the company. Simply bad mouthing your employers and trying to go to a tribunal will not work.

Employees might not think to have an employment law solicitor look at their contract of employment before they accept the job and yet there could be some real wisdom in doing so. Most new employees are happy to cast a quick glance over their employment contract once they have understood that the money and holiday the employer offers is what the employer said it would be then the rest of the contract which is a legally binding document is accepted on trust. An employment specialist will be able to advise an employee exactly what they are signing up for by accepting the terms and conditions of the contract.

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