Automatic Enrolment – small businesses urged to act

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. (more…)

3 out of 10 employees have taken drugs at work

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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Recruitment laws small business owners should be aware of

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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How to manage and minimise the legal risks to small companies

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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How to hire employees when you don’t have any cash

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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