The legal factors are basically the same within the local swimming baths because they are still a service/company/organisation. They must all still comply with all the Acts and regulations and must not discriminate against anyone within the service or people that are wanting to use the service. Again the local swimming baths have to comply with the national minimum wage act 1998. For employees ages 22 and over it is £5.52 per hour and people aged between 18 and 21 have a minimum wage of £4.60. This must be written in the employees contract so they know what they are working for and how many hours they are working also. Again the government/council who run the service also have to comply with the health and safety act 1974. This is to prevent people from been harmed at the local swimming baths by taking the right actions to ensure a safe working enviroment. This Act also created the health and safety executive (HSE) which is an enforcement agency that investigates accidents at work and can issue prohibition notices to improve the safety around the working enviroment and they can also prosecute the swimming baths employer if working conditions do not improve.
Another Act would be the eomployment act 2002. This act states that employers such as the service provided by the swimming baths must provide written statement of the terms and conditions of employment within two months of the employee comencing work- whether the employee asks for one or not there must be one provided.This would affect the swimming baths activities because they would have to ensure that the working enviroment is perfect for the employees to work in but it can also go for the customers also. It must also be safe for the customers that wish to use this service from the government otherwise the government/council can be sued through the health and safety act 1974.
Since the swimming baths is a public organisation they do not have to follow the companies acts. Each public sector organisation will have its own codes of practice, or rules of conduct which must be followed. It is up to the government committee to ensure that all organisations within that sector abide by these rules. There is a difference between a customer and a consumer. A customer is the person who pays for goods and services, whilst a consumer is the person who uses those goods and services. The sales of goods and services act 1982 also applies to the local swimming baths because they provide a service. When you purchase a service, e.g. insurance, you may not actually take goods away with you. So when someone wants to enter the swimming baths they wont get a good that they will take away theyll just enter and use the service provided by the govenment. Again the discrimination laws will come into force again to protect all the employees within the local swimming baths. These include the sex discrimination act 1975, the race relations act 1976, the disability discrimination act 1995. All of which protect employees from different origins are protected from racism or discrimination from other employees or employers from the local swimming baths.
Again the competition law will still stand for the local swimming baths because they will still have to try and beat the other communties swimming baths prices so that the customers or the people who are wanting to use the service have a fair choice also in which swimming baths they would like to go to and use. The statutes that have been brought in to stop illegal competition happening have an affect on the swimming baths because they will either have to keep the prices lower than the competitors or higher but baring in mind too low will mean they wont make enough money to reinvest back into the swimming baths and too high could mean that they will lose customers so they have to get it just right.
Again another factor affecting the local swimming baths would be the consumer protection act 1987. The final consumer may not have been the customer and therefore would not have a contract with the supplier and is not protected by other acts. The consumer protection act does give protection to the final consumer of products and services. People injured by defective products or services may have the right to sue for damages. For example if someone was to sustain injury at the local swimming baths then they can sue the government/council for not protecting them from the hazard that may have caused the injury in the first place.