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8Statutory employment protections

Aims and Objectives

After reading this chapter you should be able to:

  • ■ Understand the rules relating to wages, deductions from wages and the National Minimum Wage
  • ■ Understand what is meant by a guarantee payment and the circumstances where they are made
  • ■ Understand the rules relating to sickness, medical suspension and paid sick leave
  • ■ Understand the rules relating to maternity, leave during maternity, maternity payments, and dismissal and discrimination because of pregnancy or maternity
  • ■ Critically analyse the area
  • ■ Apply the law to factual situations and reach conclusions

8.1 Wages

8.1.1 The meaning of wages

The basic obligation on an employer to pay wages is clearly a contractual one. This is the consideration ...

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