To combat social exclusion, employers must positively accommodate the needs of disabled people.Part-time staff, agency workers, and people on fixed-term contracts are treated generally equally compared to full-time or permanent staff.In feudal England, the first significant labour laws followed the Black Death.Given the shortage of workers and consequent price rises the Ordinance of Labourers 1349 and the Statute of Labourers 1351 attempted to suppress sources of wage inflation by banning workers organisation, creating offences for any able-bodied person that did not work, and fixing wages at pre-plague levels.One sign was the beginning of the more enlightened Truck Acts, dating from 1464, that required that workers be paid in cash and not kind.In 1772 slavery was declared to be illegal in R v Knowles, ex parte Somersett, The turn into the 19th century coincided with the start of the massive boom in production.
Initially, trade unions were suppressed, particularly following the French Revolution of 1789 under the Combination Act 1799.
Ultimately this led to the Peasants' Revolt of 1381, which was in turn suppressed and followed up with the Statute of Cambridge 1388, which banned workers from moving around the country.
Yet conditions were improving as serfdom was breaking down.
The Pensions Act 2008 gives the right to be automatically enrolled in a basic occupational pension, whose funds must be protected according to the Pensions Act 1995.
To get fair labour standards beyond the minimum, the most important right is to collectively participate in decisions about how an enterprise is managed.The Working Time Regulations 1998 give the right to 28 days paid holidays, breaks from work, and attempts to limit excessively long working hours.