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Employee Relations
“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you will help them become what they are capable of becoming.” (Goethe)

Employment Contracts


A contract of employment is a category of contract used in labour law to attribute right and responsibilities between parties to a bargain. On the one end stands an "employee" who is "employed" by an "employer".

Put generally, the contract of employment denotes a relationship of economic dependence and social subordination.

Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures

Disciplinary and grievance procedures are facts concerning the work process and refer to an action or inaction done with guilt by the employee, by this mean the employee breaking the internal and legal regulations, the rules mentioned in the contract of employment or the orders of his chiefs.

Health and Safety at work


Putting the health and the safety at work in the center of the problems that we can encounter at the work place allows the employers and the employees to get better results for themselves, for the business and for their clients.

Improving health and security at work is important not only by taking into consideration a human point of view (for reducing the harm of the employees) but also as a way of ensuring success and a long life for the companies, within a better economic development.

Work security also varies by employment laws of each country.People`s job security eventually depends on whatever they are employable or not ,and if businesses have a need for their skills or not,so although employment laws can offer some relief and hedge from unemployment risk,individuals need to have the right skill set to have good job security.

Current Issues


  • If you are interested in seeing how much not paying enough attention to `Health and Safety at workplace` costs, you could read the news in the link below:

Two Workers Die from Hydrogen Sulfide Inhalation, Firm Fined $166,890(24 March, 2012)
  • At this link you can find what alcohol or other substances abuse can cause for the employees and not only, based on the results of a survey which shows that substance abuse is one of the most serious issues American companies are facing nowadays.

The sober reality of alcohol in the workplace(30 March, 2012)

What recruiters look at during the 6 seconds they read your resume

  • Sexual harassment in the work place is a form of discrimination including any uninvited comments ,conduct or behavior regardind sex,gender or sexual orientation.It doesen`t matter who abuse you it is considered unlawful sexual harassement even if it is your menager.
If you ever feel that you are agressed you should know how to react and what to do.Here are some steps that can help you :

Practice Useful Language

  • Vocabulary

    • In order to practice vocabulary for this unit, download this Handout and go through the exercises. Check the answers against the key provided on the last page (when your colleagues have corrected this!)

  • Speech Functions

Giving Information
Requesting Information
I'd like to tell you something about....
Please ask about anything you are not sure of...
I'm sure that's not a problem...
I'm afraid we don't...
Could you tell me...?
Will you honour this?
Would it be possible to?
Could you please let us know?

  • Language of Contracts

The language used in contracts is highly formal and includes fixed phrases, formal vocabulary and the passive and the will future.
Fixed Phrases
Use of formal vocabulary
Use of future will
will be notified in writing
payable monthly in arrears
failure to do so
subject to disciplinary action
to make=> to render
to change=> to amend
to have the right to=> to be entitled to
to tell=> to notify
your place of work will be
any changes will be discussed
*For use of the passive, see below.

  • Grammar

Use of the Passive Voice:
Easy Introduction to Passive with Ronnie
Have Fun Learning the Passive with James
Powerpoint Presentation of Passive Voice: UUEG_Chapter11_The_Passive.pps
You can practice off-line with Michael+Vince+-Intermediate+Language+Practice.pdf

Working with the Media

This video presents us the proper behavior which must be adopted with your employees to understand them and to have a good relationship.
We can also see in this video the bad behaviour that is prohibited with our employees.

What Is an Employment Contract?

By Robert Todd , Retrieved from

In these videos we can see the best methods to increase the motivation of your employees.
One of this video is a funny one.In the video they are joking with a method of motivation.


Employee Relations: A broad term used to refer to the general management and planning of activities related to developing, maintaining and improving employee relationships by communicating with employees.

  • No author, Employee relation, Retrieved May 22nd, 2012 from:

  • This glossary consists of commonly used terms and definitions that are significant to the Labor and Employee Relations function.Every effort will be made to continuously monitor and update the glossary to ensure that new Labor and Employee Relations terms are incorporated as they emerge.On this web site u need to make an acount and login to see the glossary.
  • http://www.shrm.org/TemplatesTools/Glossaries/labor/Pages/default.aspx


  • Books

  • Mary Scannell, Edward Scannell(2009), The Big Book of Team-Motivation Games, Retrieved from:


  • Ann Swain, Jane Newell Brown(2009), The Professional Recruiter-s Handbook, Retrieved from:


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What is Employee Relations?
Employee Relations involves the body of work concerned with maintaining employer-employee relationships that contribute to satisfactory productivity, motivation, and morale. Essentially, Employee Relations is concerned with preventing and resolving problems involving individuals which arise out of or affect work situations.
Advice is provided to supervisors on how to correct poor performance and employee misconduct. In such instances, progressive discipline and regulatory and other requirements must be considered in effecting disciplinary actions and in resolving employee grievances and appeals. Information is provided to employees to promote a better understanding of management's goals and policies. Information is also provided to employees to assist them in correcting poor performance, on or off duty misconduct, and/or to address personal issues that affect them in the workplace. Employees are advised about applicable regulations, legislation, and bargaining agreements. Employees are also advised about their grievance and appeal rights and discrimination and whistleblower protections.
  • Journal Articles

Employee relations articles.In Personnel Today.Retrieved from
  • Electronic Sources

Wikipedia,the free encyclopedia. (2012). Labout law. Retrieved May 22nd, 2012, from:
Trade union.In Wikipedia,the free encyclopedia.Retrieved from
Goethe.In Wikipedia,the free encyclopedia.Retrieved from

Employment contract.In Wikipedia,the free encyclopedia.Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Employment_contract
  • Images

Employees relationship.In meroJob.Retrieved from

Tremblay E.Jason(2010),employment-contract,Retrieved May 22nd,2012 from:

  • No author, Health & Safety worksafe_hands_people_small,Retrieved May 22nd, 2012 from:

  • Video

What is an Employment Contract?.In eHow.Retrieved from

  • Robert Todd, What is an Employment Contract,Retrieved May 22nd,2012 from:



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