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Analyse the implications of government policies for a selected business - Vauxhall

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(M1 ?analyse the implications of government policies for a selected business?) The government has set many business regulations in place to protect employees' rights, protect the environment and hold corporations accountable for the amount of power they have in this business-driven society. Some of these regulations stand out more significantly than the others because of their relevance to every employee and consumer. The Safety and Health Act of 1970 ensures that employers provide safe and sanitary work environments through frequent inspections and a grading scale. A company must meet specific standards in order to stay in business. These regulations have changed frequently throughout the years alongside the changing sanitary and workplace standards. In accordance with the 1970 act, employers must provide hazard-free workplaces, avoiding employee physical harm and death, through a number of procedures. Regulatory laws are standards that affect how businesses operate in specific situations. While most business laws are regulatory in some way, there are several categories of legislation that apply more to certain industries than others. These include environmental laws and building code laws set forth by both the federal government and state governments. There are also regulatory laws for international trade and most types of business licensing. Labour laws are regulations that pertain directly to how businesses treat employees. ...read more.

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Additionally, in compliance with the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1966, all product labels must include information about the product, such as nutrition, size, and distribution and manufacturing information. The last part would not be implacable to Vauxhall however they are involved in a lot of advertising for their cars and therefore must abide by this policy of being truthful and not misleading. Before this policy was put in place there was a lot of misleading advertising especially in cars this gave a unjust and wrongful picture to the customer. Among the ever-changing regulations in business are employment laws. These laws pertain to minimum wages, benefits, safety and health compliance, work for non-U.K. citizens, working conditions, equal opportunity employment, and privacy regulations--and cover the largest area of subjects of all the business regulations. Several employment regulations stand out as the heavy hitters among the others. The Fair Labor Standards Act, applied by the Wage and Hour Division, set the minimum wage for workers in the United Kingdom. As of 2010, decisions made by the division affect more than 130 million workers, according to the Department of Labor. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act ensures that employees receive the retirement plan options and health care benefits to which they are entitled as full-time employees. ...read more.

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No more than 15% of an 'end-of-life' vehicles weight is sent to landfill, with the intention to reduce to 10% by 2015. Vauxhall?s UK Corporate site Griffin House won the EU Energy Trophy for reducing its energy usage by 6.9% in September 2007 to 2008. Previously the Luton produced Vauxhall Vivaro has twice won the UK commercial vehicle MPG fuel economy marathon. The Ellesmere Port plant has also been awarded the most improved Energy Conservation Award by EON - Power, for reducing the energy necessary to produce each Astra by 50% since 2003. Sensitive information is usually collected from employees and customers during hiring and business transactions and privacy laws prevent businesses from disclosing this information freely. Information collected can include social security number, address, name, health conditions, credit card and bank numbers and personal history. Not only do various laws exist to keep businesses from spreading this information, but people can sue companies for disclosing sensitive information. Not only Vauxhall but any employer will be affected by this Law because they have some very private information of people. Vauxhall must insure that this information is kept safe and that is only seen by those who need to view it. Also Vauxhall hold private information of their customer this likewise must be kept confidential and should be vanquished once the need to hold the data is extinct. ...read more.

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