Business group launches guide for new employers

Many growing businesses are unsure about their obligations when taking on employees for the first time, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has said.

Taking on an employee is seen as a significant milestone for growing businesses but it can be a 'daunting experience' for owners, says the FPB as it launches its latest guide for new employers.

The guide covers three essential areas of employee rights that small business owners should be aware of when taking on staff:

1. Pay and hours

Including:

  • the National Minimum Wage
  • rest breaks and paid holiday
  • statutory sick pay and redundancy pay
  • paid leave

2. Discrimination

3. Disciplinary and dismissal

Joanne Eccles, business advisor at the FPB, said: "Tribunals and investigations may never happen to your business, but by seeking advice from organisations like the Forum to ensure you are up to speed with your obligations as an employer, can help you avoid any nasty surprises later."

The guide - Five Essential Things Every Employer Should Know - is available to download for free from the FPB's website and also covers areas such as health and safety, tax and finance responsibilities and recruiting advice.

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