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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…

Flexible working from day one – what it means for SMEs

The Government is pressing ahead with a consultation to give everyone the right to request flexible working from the first day in a job

Employing & managing staff

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Zero hours contracts advantages and disadvantages

In this article, we explore the advantages and disadvantages of zero hours contracts for you as an employer

Employing & managing staff

Zero hours contracts holiday entitlement and holiday pay

How do you calculate holiday entitlement and pay of someone on a zero hours contract? We clear up the confusion and help you get it right

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Zero hours contract template

In this article, we'll give you a run through of what you should be including in your zero hours contract template

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Zero hours contract rights

In our zero hours contracts series, we look at what rights your workers and employees have, such as the minimum wage and paid annual leave

Employing & managing staff

Zero hours contract redundancy

How do you go about redundancy for somebody who's on a zero hours contract?

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What the Equality Act means for employers

What is the Equality Act and how does it affect your business? Katie Maguire explains what the Act means for your small business

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Is an employee entitled to bereavement leave?

Is an employee entitled to bereavement leave if they are on a zero hours contract? What are your obligations as an employer?

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Pension schemes

Every small business needs to offer qualifying employees a pension. But what are the rules as to who qualifies and how do you set one up?

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Can I dismiss an employee on suspicion of theft?

Can I dismiss a member of staff on suspicion of theft and dishonesty with only word of mouth as evidence? We have proof that money has changed hands but not been put in the till.

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Incentives packages that help retain staff

It can be difficult for a small company to see incentive packages as a priority but the benefits don't have to be huge to make a difference.

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Can I pay remote workers less than in-house staff?

With many businesses shifting to long-term remote or hybrid working, employers are questioning the rules for paying staff who work remotely

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Hiring an apprentice: The benefits for a small company

Taking on an apprentice can inject youthful energy and ideas into your company. A guide to how to enrol an apprentice into your small business

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How to improve employee motivation in the workplace

In this guide, we chat to the business owners that managed to create a motivated and engaged workforce, and explore how you can recreate their success.

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Can businesses save money on CBILS repayment costs by refinancing for a RLS loan?

Your business could save money on CBILS repayments by refinancing for an RLS loan – Funding Options tells us how

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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