A Guide to Hiring Employees
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As an employer, are you planning on employing staff for the first time? The list of legal rights and responsibilities for employers can appear daunting at first.
So, let’s start with the basics:
It may be the first time you are trying to hire people or you may have hired employees many times before. Either way, there are several rules and regulations employers need to follow.
This guide to employing people will help you and your organisation to be legislation compliant in United Kingdom.
Your obligations for looking after your staff will make you and your small business more efficient. Complying with UK employment laws will help you become more profitable, saving you time and money!
In case you were wondering:
Being clear on employment laws is vital when you take on new staff members. Besides sorting out employment contracts and paying the right rates, there may also be a need to plan staff training and induction.
You will need to be familiar with discipline and grievance procedures. As the workforce increases, the role and the responsibilities of managing attendance and communication will become even more important.
Employing Staff: Human Resource Guide
Contracts of Employment
Employment contracts form the basis of working relationships between employers and employees. So, the contracts of employment and working hours are agreements made between them.
Some of the important topics covered in this section include:
- Annual leave and holiday entitlement
- Bullying and harassment at work
- Changing employment contracts
- Different types of worker status
- Part time workers’ rights
- Working hours (e.g. rest breaks, overtime)
Note: We also supply a list of employment rules and regulations as a FREE human resource guide. Find information for employers and employees with extra details on benefits, pensions, money, and taxes.
As a rule, dismissing an employee should be the last resort. Even so, employers should always establish the facts without unreasonable delay before making staff dismissals at work.
Check out the section that contains advice and information on:
Note: It is worth becoming familiar with the procedures of whistleblowing by employees in the UK. The guide explains everything you need to know about blowing the whistle on workplace wrongdoing.
Employing People with Disabilities
If you are new to employing people, or taking on staff for the first time, this guide is your business savior. Follow these 7 simple steps of hiring when you start employing workers.
Check out the section that defines ‘reasonable adjustments‘ in the workplace. It relates to the procedures for recruiting and employing workers who have a disability or a health condition.
Note: Legislation on child employment has certain restrictions for teenagers under 18 years old in the United Kingdom. Check what type of work young workers can do and for how many hours each week.