Checklist for new employers

Being a new employer can be a daunting prospect, particularly as the law in this area changes so fast. But with a bit of effort and guidance, you can keep on top of things. This checklist can help you to consider your various obligations and ensure that you are prepared for employing staff.

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Appoint a payroll provider

 

Register the employer with HMRC for payroll (your payroll provider can do this)

 

Purchase employer’s liability insurance and consider other business insurances

 

Decide what pay, benefits and work arrangements you will offer (taking account of national minimum wage and other statutory minimum rights)

 

Think about pension arrangements in accordance with your auto-enrollment obligations

 

Prepare an employment contract and offer letter

 

Prepare disciplinary, grievance and health and safety policies, and data protection policies (including an employee privacy notice)

 

Conduct health and safety risk assessment of premises (or appoint someone to do this) and business processes

 

Check you know what 'right to work' documents you need to get from employees

 

Think about recruitment and interview processes, bearing in mind discrimination laws

 

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