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Employing & managing staff

The latest guides on employing and managing full or part time staff effectively as a small business owner or sole trader. Contains advice on employment law, health and safety at work, recruitment, training, redundancy and disciplinary information, employee rights, workplace regulations, and much more.

This section provides expert and in-depth advice articles on all aspects of staff management and human resources legislation. Our aim is to help UK small businesses to hire great employees, manage them effectively and look after them properly.

Other key topics covered in this employing staff section include team management, employee motivation, legal rights and responsibilities, managing absence, maternity pay and leave, taking on new staff, induction programmes, communication, workplace policies, flexible working, job descriptions, employment contracts and related information.

We also provide information on HR tools, templates and resources specially targeted at SMEs as well as suitable training courses and workshops that can help you get the best out of your staff to make a more efficient, more profitable, happy and productive company. Sounds good? Then read on…

Do I have to pay staff who are self-isolating?

Do you have to pay employees who are self-isolating full wage because they’ve been pinged by NHS Test and Trace? If so, what help is available?

Employing & managing staff

Employing & managing staff

Can I force my staff to come back to the office after July 19?

Employing & managing staff

Holiday entitlement for new employees

When you employ new staff, you may wonder how soon they can begin to take holiday. Jane Mason from Citrus HR explains more

Employing & managing staff

Terminating a contract – what if your worker is only part-time?

We use a cleaner who comes in three to four hours during office hours on a Friday. This is no longer suitable and we have an alternative company ready to deal takeover. How to deal with terminating a part-time contract

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How do I manage an employee with Long Covid?

Long Covid can make patients feel foggy, breathless and drained. We explore how to manage and support employees who have the condition

Employing & managing staff

What the Uber ruling means for your small business

The Supreme Court has ruled that some Uber drivers are workers and not self-employed, entitling them to statutory pay and paid holidays. What this means is that many sole traders could also now qualify paid holidays and other benefits from companies that use them

Employing & managing staff

Staff Appraisal Templates and Forms

An appraisal gives you the opportunity to evaluate an employee's performance, and to raise any concerns or issues.

Employing & managing staff

How to deal with sexual harassment in your small business

What should you do if an employee tells you their being sexually harassed by a work colleague? What should you do? And how much could you lose if you handle sexual harassment badly?

Employing & managing staff

This change to the furlough scheme could lead to more costly redundancies

Jill Bottomley of The HR Dept explains how the furlough rules have changed since last year and how this could affect redundancies

Employing & managing staff

Can I make my employees get the Covid-19 vaccine?

As the Covid-19 vaccine rollout continues, we ask the experts whether employers can make it mandatory for staff to get the jab

Employing & managing staff

Zoom tips and techniques when doing video job interviews

Moving your job interviews to Zoom? Here are some tips to help you get the best from the video calling platform and hire the right candidate.

Employing & managing staff

Do I need to pay employee for travelling time?

One of my employees, who travels 50 miles each way to work, is arguing that he should get paid for travelling time. How should I proceed?

Employing & managing staff

Checklist: what should be in a job advert?

Creating a job advert can be daunting for small business owners. We explain what you need to include

Employing & managing staff

How to tell your staff they’re working reduced hours

In light of Covid-19 and the impending Job Support Scheme, how should you tell a staff member that they’re working reduced hours?

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What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers

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What is public liability insurance, and does it cover Covid-19 claims?

Public liability insurance can cover your small business if a third party has an accident or injury. But does public liability insurance cover claims made against your business arising from Covid-19?

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Business insurance everything you need to know

Every small business may need to be insured at some level. But which policies are must-haves, and which are optional? Edward Murray guides you through the maze

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London & Partners Q&A — driving growth in the London startup ecosystem

In this Q&A, we explore how London & Partners' Business Growth Programme is driving economic growth and inclusion in the London startup scene