Employment

  • Employment Legislation

  • Managing Staff

    • A Guide to Conducting Staff Appraisals

      This factsheet describes some of the different staff appraisal methods commonly used by employers and outlines how to plan and conduct appraisals. It also provides guidance on how employers can use the outcomes of an appraisal to improve their employees' future performance...

    • A Guide to Written Statements of Employment Particulars

      This factsheet describes the information that employers must include in a written statement of employment particulars. It explains when and how employers must issue the statement, and outlines what employers must do to change any terms of employment referred to in the written statement. It also explains the actions employers can face if they don't provide the required information...

    • A Checklist for Inducting a New Employee

      This factsheet explains the purpose of the induction process, and provides a useful checklist that can be customised to suit your business. The checklist outlines what you need to do before a new employee starts work, on their first day, and during the first few weeks of their employment...

    • Maternity Leave and Pay

      This factsheet explains maternity leave and pay. It outlines the obligations of an employer and explains what information employers have a right to expect from employees. It covers how employers can get financial help with statutory maternity payments...

    • How to Manage Employee Absence

      This factsheet describes the various types of absence that occur and suggests ways of monitoring and dealing with absence in a consistent and systematic way. It also includes hints and tips and sources of further information...

    • An Introduction to Redundancy Legislation and Procedures

      This factsheet gives an overview of an employee's legal rights, as well as the procedures that employers should be following throughout the redundancy process. Note that all the information in this factsheet applies only to England, Scotland and Wales. Different laws govern redundancy procedures Northern Ireland...

    • A Guide to Employee References

      This factsheet explains the implications of seeking and providing employee references. It outlines how references should be used, how and when to request them and the legal implications and limitations of any questions asked...

    • An Introduction to Discipline and Grievance Procedures

      This factsheet provides information about the law on disciplining staff and dealing with their grievances, and briefly covers the procedures employers must follow in order to comply with the regulations...

    • Adoption Leave and Pay

      This factsheet explains statutory adoption leave and pay. It outlines the obligations of employers and explains what information they have a right to expect from employees. It also covers how employers can get help with statutory adoption payments...

    • Paternity Leave and Pay

      This factsheet explains the paternity leave and pay rules that apply to an employee whose partner is having a baby. It outlines employers' obligations and explains what information employers have a right to expect from employees. It also covers how employers can get financial help with statutory paternity payments../p>

    • An Introduction to the Fit for Work Scheme

      This factsheet outlines the key features of the Fit for Work scheme. It explains who is eligible for a free occupational health assessment, the referral process, how assessments are carried out and the 'Return to Work Plan' that is provided to employees following their assessment. It also addresses the benefits of the scheme for employers and explains the impact that it will have on existing sickness and absence policy...

    • A Guide to Employee Share Schemes

      This factsheet covers the different types of employee share schemes available, the advantages and disadvantages of each and the practical issues involved in setting up an employee share scheme...

  • Paying Staff

    • A Guide to Setting up and Running A Payroll System

      This factsheet explains what must be considered when setting up a payroll system, the information that must be obtained from each employee and what must be done regularly to ensure that the payroll system works effectively...

    • An Introduction to National Insurance for the Self-Employed

      This factsheet provides an explanation of the NI classes that are relevant for self-employed people, including anyone who chooses to make voluntary contributions, and covers who has to pay NICs, how and when. It also explains the various financial thresholds relating to the payment of NICs, how Class 4 NI is calculated, and the special rules that apply to people who have earnings from both employment and self-employment or who are running more than one business...

    • A Guide to the National Minimum Wage

      This factsheet provides details of the current National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates and identifies which workers are entitled to receive the NMW and those who are exempt. It explains how a worker's pay should be assessed to determine whether it complies with the NMW. It also highlights the importance of keeping pay records and outlines the criminal penalties for failure to pay the NMW...

    • An Introduction to Benefits in Kind Provided to Employees

      This factsheet explains the various types of benefits in kind that can be provided to employees and outlines which ones are taxable and which ones are tax exempt. It explains the requirements of the tax system and the reporting procedures that must be followed so your business complies with its obligations as an employer...

    • An Introduction to Pay As You Earn (PAYE)

      This factsheet explains how to manage the deduction of income tax, NICs and student loan repayments from employees' pay, and how to reclaim statutory payments made to employees, such as Statutory Maternity Pay. It also explains what information must be included on pay statements...

    • A Guide to Registering with HMRC as a New Employer

      This factsheet explains who needs to register as an employer, when they need to register, and how to register, including the information that must be supplied to HMRC...

    • A Guide to National Insurance for Employers

      This factsheet provides a guide to employers' and employees' National Insurance (NI) and explains the NI process, how employees' NICs are calculated, which employees are exempt from paying NICs and how to assess the NICs due. It also covers how directors' NI is calculated, and explains employers' NICs, voluntary NI payments, the process for reclaiming over-payments of NI, and the NI Employment Allowance that employers can claim...

  • Pensions

    • A Guide to Pension Auto-enrolment for Employers

      This factsheet provides information about the auto-enrolment duties that employers have. It explains how employers can check what their staging date is and provides a timeline showing when each of their auto-enrolment duties must be carried out...

    • Choosing an Auto-enrolment Pension Scheme

      This factsheet explains how employers can choose a pension scheme for use with auto-enrolment. It identifies the legal requirements that pension schemes must meet and outlines the considerations that employers should take into account when determining which pension scheme best meets their own interests and those of their employees. It also provides information about the costs involved in setting up a scheme and the ongoing tasks involved in managing the scheme, as well as sources of help and information...

  • Recruitment

    • An Introduction to Recruiting Staff

      This factsheet provides an introduction to the recruitment process and explains how to define your requirements clearly, identify and analyse jobs, and prepare job descriptions and person specifications. It includes useful hints and tips as well as sources of further information...

    • A Checklist for Employing Staff who Work from Home

      This checklist covers the key legal and practical issues for dealing with employees who work from home, whether they are new to a business or are existing employees who are changing their working patterns or arrangements...

    • A Guide to Planning and Conducting a Job Interview

      This factsheet gives guidance on how to prepare for and conduct job interviews. It outlines how best to structure and record the interview and how to comply with discrimination and data-protection legislation...

    • Checklist for First-Time Employers

      This factsheet explains the steps involved in taking on an employee and outlines the main legal responsibilities for new employers. It covers the recruitment process, including how to avoid discrimination and comply with data protection regulations...

    • A Guide to Hiring Temporary Workers

      This factsheet explains the process involved in hiring a temp through an agency, defines temporary workers and explains their employment status and rights. It also explains the legislation that hirers and temping agencies must comply with and provides sources of further information and support...

    • A Guide to Employing Staff Under 18 Years Old

      This factsheet provides a summary of the main issues employers need to know about when employing staff under 18 years old and explains what they must do to comply with the relevant laws...

    • A Guide to Apprenticeships for Small Business

      This factsheet provides an overview of apprenticeships for small business and describes the benefits to business and apprentices. It outlines the different types of apprenticeship, how to recruit an apprentice and what support and funding is available to employers...

    • How to Employ Someone from Outside the UK and EEA

      This factsheet explains what employers must do to comply with legislation relating to the employment of people from outside the UK. It gives information about the rules that apply to particular countries and lists the documents employers need to check. It explains how prospective employees can apply for permission to work in the UK and provides an overview of how employers can sponsor a prospective employee...

    • Choosing and Using a Recruitment Agency

      This factsheet explains how to find and select a recruitment agency, how to brief the agency and how to assess its effectiveness. It provides information about costs as well as advice on what to do if any problems arise...

    • A Guide to Hiring a Contractor

      This factsheet describes what contractors and sub-contractors are and explains how to choose and manage a contractor. It outlines the advantages and drawbacks, the legal implications and important factors to consider when drawing up a contract. It also contains hints and tips and sources of further information...

    • An Introduction to Employing Staff on Fixed-term Contracts

      This factsheet looks at employing people on fixed-term contracts. It explains what a fixed-term contract is and the situations in which they might be used. It also gives an overview of the relevant legislation and some pitfalls to be aware of...