Hiring your first employee is a quite a big deal and can be both scary and exciting. You’re essentially handing over some of the responsibility of your business to a new person.
You’re also officially becoming an employer of your business, which definitely isn’t always an easy process at first.
But there are several steps you must take before welcoming a new person to your business.
Here we break down the ten boxes you must tick before setting someone on.
- Decide on how much you are going to pay someone – you must of course pay your employee at least the National Minimum Wage.
- Carry out applicant checks – check if someone has the legal right to work in the UK. You may also have to do employment checks too.
- Provide a statement of employment – you must send a written statement to anyone who will be working for you for a month or more. This document provides the employee with the conditions of employment, and must be provided within two months of starting work.
- Create a contract – you must provide your employee(s) with an employment contract which outlines their employee rights, responsibilities and working conditions. Find out more info on employment contracts here.
- Check if you need to apply for a DBS Check (formerly known as a CRB check).
- Get employment insurance – you need employers’ liability insurance as soon as you become an employer.
- Register as an employer with HMRC – you can do this up to 4 weeks before you pay your new staff.
- Check if you need to automatically enrol your staff into a workplace pension scheme – find out if your employee will be automatically enrolled via this handy GOV.UK tool.
- Inform yourself of holiday, sick pay, maternity/paternity rules. Take some time to familiarise yourself with the rules here.
- Keep in line with Health & Safety obligations. Find out more on the Health & Safety Executive site.
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