Nature of Employee Relationships: Obligations, Rights and Responsibilities

Over the years the employer-employee relationship has changed from master and servant to one of employer and employee. This relationship is contractual, reciprocal and mutual.

Obligations, Rights and Responsibilities

Obligations of the employer:

The obligations of the employer include:

  • Provision of wages
  • Statement and provision of benefits
  • Provide work and assign duties to the employee
  • Provide materials and equipment necessary to perform the work
  • To respect human dignity of the worker
  • Provide occupational health and safety measures in the work environment
  • Give employees rest during public holidays and leaves

Employee’s Obligations

The employee is expected to:

  • Provide an honest, efficient, and faithful service
  • Obey instructions
  • Perform their work as specified in the contract
  • Handle equipment with due care
  • Report any health hazard to the employer
  • Follow the rules and directives of the law

Rights of Employees

Employees have the following rights:

  • Job security
  • Entitlements to pay and benefits
  • Freedom of association
  • Refusal to work if the workplace is unsafe
  • Right to strike
  • Right of appeal to redress grievances.

Employers’ Rights

Employer rights include:

  • Right to formulate rules for recruitment etc.
  • Right to discipline (within the allowance of relevant Acts), expect the employee to work and behave within rules as per agreed terms.
  • Right to contest an employee’s claim
  • Protection of trade secrets
  • Right to demand quality and hard work

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