You have to hire people if you want your business to grow, no matter how successful you have been on your own. In order to stay on the right side of the law, there are a few important things you need to learn.
Eligibility to work in the UK
The first thing you should do if you intend to employ someone is to make sure that they are legally entitled to do so. You can be fined heavily for hiring someone who is not authorized to work in the UK.
You must also avoid discrimination in job advertisements and recruitment processes. Also, someone can sue you for discrimination if they think you wrongly refused to hire them.
Health & safety
If an employee works for you, you have a duty of care towards them. Legislation does not provide for this obligation – it is derived from common law and can apply in various situations outside of the employment relationship. Employers are required to take reasonable steps to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of their employees.
Written employment contracts may contain specific guidelines. All employers are obliged to provide their new employees with a written certificate of employment within two months of their starting date.
The declaration must include information on wages, working hours, vacation entitlement, sick leave, pension, notice periods and any existing complaint procedures.
You are legally obliged to insure your employees, even if they are casual workers.
If you don’t have public liability insurance to protect your employees and public liability insurance to protect the public entering your company, you can expect fines for every day that you haven’t taken out insurance.
In order to meet government requirements, employees must be given a minimum of “rest” every day and every week. This requirement also applies from the first day of employment and is intended to give employees the opportunity to rest in the workplace so that their health and safety are not endangered.
Employees must be paid in accordance with their employment contract and their legal obligations.
According to the national minimum wage law, which has been in force since April 2016, employers must pay their employees an age-related minimum wage, which is strictly enforced by the government. The age of workers should be monitored by their employers and their salaries increased accordingly.
Workers are entitled to a variety of other rights relating to leisure time, known in the UK as annual leave. A labor court action can be brought if one does not recognize the application of the law in these areas.
In this context, maternity leave is one of the most important areas. It is important that employees understand their rights in this area, including their right to request time off for a pre-natal appointment.
This has several advantages. For example, not only do employers make sure they comply with labor law, but they may also be happier knowing that their employer is respecting their rights.
Employers must offer their employees automatic entry pensions and make contributions to their pension. There are some employers who are not legally required to register you, but you can still join their pension scheme if you wish – your employee cannot legally refuse you.
All employers should be aware of their rights. In the workplace, labor law affects at least one decision every day, like setting vacation pay or rejecting a vacation request, and ignorance is unfortunately not a defense.
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