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If you decide to recruit your first employee for your small business, one of your legal obligations is to present all staff members with a written statement of employment particulars.
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The short answer is yes. But most business owners and managers seem to think that it is currently impossible to fire anyone, let alone be thanked for doing so.

Too many owners and managers hold these two beliefs about firing staff: Continue…

As 2015 progresses, increasing numbers of small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) – those employing up to 30 members of staff – are getting closer to their automatic enrolment staging date, where they will be required to enrol staff into a workplace pension scheme.

Hundreds of thousands of small employers across the UK will have already received letters from the Pensions Regulator (TPR) telling them of their Automatic Enrolment duties as an employer. However many small businesses still don’t know what they need to do. Continue…

Nearly a third of workers have admitted using drugs at work, and virtually every employee say they’ve been drunk in the workplace.

These are the incredible figures from a new survey carried out for Protecting.co.uk, which also found significant numbers of staff are “under the influence” every working day.
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Setting up or running a business of your own takes a certain set of skills, and you might think they’re the same ‘transferable skills’ that employers look for in top-class job candidates.
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If your new business is a success, at some point you may find yourself wanting to take on some assistance.
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One thing that often puts people off starting their own business is knowing they will need employees to deliver a good service, but are afraid of being an employer.
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This article provides guidance for employers on what they need to check before employing staff from overseas. It will also briefly outline the new points-based immigration system the Government will start introducing from March 2008 to manage the flow of overseas workers to the UK. Continue…

Taking on new staff can be a risky business, particularly if you’ve never done it before. Discrimination laws are tighter than ever, and there are plenty of other rules besides those, all of which you should take into account when placing a new employee into a role at your firm.
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In this article, Guy Hollebon from Bevans Solicitors looks at some key legal risks that can affect small businesses and how to manage and minimise such risks. Guy has approached the matter as an expert lawyer and also as a small business owner, providing both legal and practical tips.
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The easiest and most risk free way to start a business is to base it at home and do all the work yourself. Many successful firms started that way and grew organically; funding growth from increased sales rather than by borrowing cash.

But for some businesses starting up it’s virtually impossible to get going or grow without employees of some kind.
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